They Got Them Moves Like “Money”

By Johnathan Lee Iverson on October 16, 2013
They Got Them Moves Like “Money”
He didn't invent the shoulder roll, just as Michael Jackson didn't invent the Moonwalk.


It is said that impersonation is the highest form of flattery. If this is true then it should come as no surprise why Floyd Mayweather Jr. is so flattered by himself. Many will argue Mayweather’s place among the all-time greats, but few, if any of those greats, have ever had their genius become a trend. Much like Michael Jackson’s Moonwalk, Elvis Presley’s gyrating hips, and James Brown’s, well, everything, Floyd Mayweather’s shoulder roll is all the rage. True, he didn’t invent the shoulder roll, just as Michael Jackson didn’t invent the Moonwalk, however, his utter perfection of it essentially makes it his, and from the looks of it he’s got fans, and I don’t mean we out of shape fanatics with Herculean internet courage; the fans I speak of are his fellow pugilists. It’s the famed Wanna Be Like Mike meme, only now, they Wanna Be Like Floyd, and this is no meme, it’s literal. Would-be rivals and former rivals alike are paying homage to his Moneyness every time they step in the ring. Ricky Hatton, Zab Judah, even perpetual nemesis Oscar De La Hoya spent the latter part of his career in search of that Mayweather Mojo. That may explain their contentious relationship. I guess if you can’t beat him, be him.

Like every fad or craze, there seems to always be a supposed heir apparent who appears to be as good as its originator. For Mayweather it is none other than his uber talented doppelganger, Adrien Broner, who, due to their deep and abiding bromance, refuses to entertain the slightest possibility of him getting in the ring with his mentor, save for a poor attempt at the Soul Train Line at the Mayweather Boxing Club. Thus, fight fans may have to wait until Floyd retires and passes the torch to his would-be heir. Shame on us fight fans for expecting Broner to do what warriors and wannabe kings would do, stage a coup and take a swipe at the throne, not merely wait for his Highness to step down at his leisure. That’s the lot of a prince, a child, a little boy content to linger in the shadows, mimicking his Majesty and Master until the appointed time. Strange, all this time I thought “if it makes dollars, it makes sense.” Can you honestly think of a bigger pay-per-view draw following the Saul Alvarez blockbuster that would make sense? This is prize fighting, and as his Moneyness is fond of saying, “if it ain’t about the money, then what’s it about then?” Hopefully, the bromance will be set aside, a faux Beef will ensue and they can get to the business of what will be good for both the sport, its fans and, needless to say, each fighter’s respective bottom line.

I strongly suspect that despite his recent tribute to Floyd during his decisive victory versus Juan Manuel Marquez, where he employed the famed shoulder roll and dropped a few Mayweatheresque right hand counters, Timothy Bradley Jr., will not be courting Money May for a bromance, vying for membership amongst the coveted Money Team. Bradley is all business and serious about ascending to the throne as his sport’s best. Considering his pristine record and abilities, we can only hope he is being heavily considered to help fill Mayweather’s contractual obligations, as oppose to the spectacle of Bernard Hopkins dropping nearly twenty pounds for a handsome payday. For Timothy Bradley’s sake and ours, let’s just hope boss Arum shares his ambitions. Then again, the hungry champion could always stage a coup.

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  1. Gabe 05:33pm, 10/19/2013

    Mayweather commercialized and popularized the shoudler roll in today’s media/video/internet era. The truth is, it was pretty standard in the first half of the 20th century among slick black boxers. Is Mayweather really better at it than George Benton, who never got a title shot because he wouldn’t play ball with the mob? Benton is one of the greatest defensive fighters of all time. His career speaks to it, his training of Pernell Whitaker speaks to it.

  2. The Barker 02:26pm, 10/18/2013

    The Tache, do you recall who trained Hatton for his fight vs. Pacquiao? It was Big Floyd. Mind you, it was a failed venture, yet the attempt was made to move and fight like his first conquerer, Lil’ Floyd.

  3. The Tache 02:36am, 10/18/2013

    WTF? Ricky Hatton trying to imitate Mayweather. I don’t remember the period in Floyd’s career where he blocked shots with his face, or the bit of Ricky’s career when he was anything but a mauler/brawler, with the possible exception of the Malignaggi fight, where I seem to remember he threw some jabs.
    I could certainly see Bradley doing a “Mayweather Light” against Marquez, but Ricky Hatton, come off it.

  4. Critical Beatdown 08:21pm, 10/17/2013

    The difference being MJ’s moonwalk was entertaining.

  5. FrankinDallas 07:38pm, 10/17/2013

    Roy Head…...greatest dance in R&R history!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gEnQ8VVWEU

  6. Magoon 03:36am, 10/17/2013

    As Jan Brady would say: “Money, Money, Money!”

    Nothing against Mr. Baptiste or his article, but I don’t think Mayweather’s that interesting and I don’t need to read about him all the time. I like this site and don’t want to see it turn into one of those with stories like “At 10:12 A.M. today, Floyd Mayweather turned east on Elm.” Okey, “Money” is where the money is, but there are other boxers ... aren’t there?

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