Today I watched the Floyd Mayweather and McGreggor fight and couldn’t help noticing Mayweather’s strategy. Although what he did pissed me off, kept on defending himself and not really going all in, his strategy worked.
He also used the same strategy on the Paciqiuo fight which made him victorious once again. So let’s ignore that Mayweather is a bit of a tool but analyse his winning strategy.
After watching a few Mayweather fights, I’ve noticed that his strategy is to conserve energy and wait for the right moment. According to Sun Tsu Art of War, the warrior who is victorious defends at a strong level and the enemy is the one who provides the right opportunity.
In today’s fight, Mayweather held up a very strong defence and drained out McGreggor’s energy. During the 8th match, McGreggor was exhausted and then Mayweather saw this was the right opportunity and unloaded a barrage of punches making him victorious.
It’s all energy.
Whoever has the most energy, wins. It doesn’t matter how skilled you are or talented, you just can’t beat a person if you’re extremely low on energy and your competitor has more energy than you. Punches will be weak, you can’t think and you create opportunities for your enemy to beat you.
This applies to work as well. If you’re low on sleep, energy and had a big night out, try working. You won’t be able to focus, you’re not productive and you make mistakes. Someone who has had a better night’s sleep, has more energy than you can achieve more than you and therefore looks more competent.
Although it was painful to see McGreggor lose over Mayweather, I must admit, Mayweather’s application of Sun Tsu’s teachings is admirable.
Stay Strong and Be Relentless.