Floyd Mayweather Jr. retired in 2015. Then in 2017 he decided to return to the ring to fight UFC superstar Conor McGregor in what turned out to be a really good fight. On February 20, 2021, Floyd returns to ring again. This time, one of the greatest boxers in any weight class takes on a YouTube star.
Nobody expects Logan Paul to give Floyd Mayweather Jr. much of a fight. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t pay attention. There’s a reason that Floyd left is 50-0 with 27 wins via knockout.
When Paul enters the ring versus whom many believe is the greatest of all time, he is going to see all five of these boxing techniques. Hopefully leading up to the fight, Paul and his trainer will pore over Floyd’s past fights so that he can at least look respectable in the ring. Let’s take a closer look at the top 5 devastating techniques of Mayweather Jr. so you can start planning your bets against their Floyd Mayweather odds.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s Most Striking Techniques
Mayweather Jr.’s Top 5 Boxing Techniques
- Shoulder roll
As Floyd got older, he used the shoulder roll more and more. The most effective shoulder roll allows the boxer to come back with a counter punch. If the boxer rolls the left shoulder to the right, the fighter comes back with a right punch. If the boxers rolls the right shoulder to the left, the boxer comes back with a left punch. Floyd became the best shoulder roller in the history of boxing. During his prime, Floyd was so quick at countering with either hand off the rolled shoulder that he’s turned what should be a primarily defensive technique into an offensive technique.
- Block and counter
Not many boxers can pull off the block and counter. For most boxers it’s difficult to mount an attack after blocking punches. Few fighters have fast enough hands to pull off the move. Floyd Mayweather Jr. had the fastest hands in the history of the sport. He could block punches and then counter with force.
- Left half-hook
There are all sorts of names for this interesting punch. The left half-hook is a good one because it’s part jab, part hook. The punch requires the boxer to throw the left as if it’s a jab and then turn it into a hook right before it lands. To do so, the fighter must twist the left foot more than he or she would on a jab. The boxer must also bring the arm to an angle. Like with all these techniques, Floyd was a master at throwing this punch.
- Left power jab
Most use the jab to set up other punches. It’s a tool to help put your opponent into a position where you can land bigger punches. Some boxers, though, like Mike Tyson and a young Floyd Mayweather Jr., used their jab as a power punch. Floyd and Iron Mike drove their jab into their opponents’ faces and bodies.
- Pull back, right-hand counter
We’re likely to see this technique against Logan Paul. Logan will be so pumped that if he sees any opening, he’ll go for it. And, of course, that’s what Floyd will be counting on Paul doing.
What’s the technique? It’s a goading and countering boxing strategy where the fighter exposes the head, waits for the opponent to throw a punch, pulls back and then moves forward with a punch with momentum.
The momentum leads to power. Don’t be surprised if Mayweather Jr. uses this technique to knock Logan Paul out.
Again, LP is going to have a heck of a time staying patient when Floyd’s in there sticking out his chin and goading Paul to throw a punch. On February 20, we’re going to find out if Paul can maintain his composure. If he can’t, expect a short, but thrilling fight.