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Old 01-16-2010, 12:07 PM
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Floyd: Fear and fantasies

January 16, 12:31 AMHouston Boxing ExaminerMarv Dumon

Intro: Virtually the entire boxing community is jaded that Floyd Mayweather, Jr's demands for additional testing contributed to a cancellation of his fight with pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao. Additionally, it is well documented that Mayweather has experienced financial trouble in recent years. We believe Floyd's troubles can be partly attributed to his violation of "The 50th Law."

50 Cent and Greene >



Robert Greene authored "The 48 Laws of Power" which is founded on works like Machiavelli's "The Prince." Greene's book advocates ruthlessness, deception, and manipulation as a means to advance in the world. We disagree with many of the author's premises and arguments, however, there is value in reading this treatise: the reader would at least be more apt to recognize when someone else or an organization is manipulating that individual, by seeing through any ploy advanced.
Mayweather's friend and rapper 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson) partnered with Greene to release the book "The 50th Law." 50 Cent grew up without his father, and his mother was murdered when he was a child. He grew up rough in the streets of New York selling drugs. As he moved up in the music industry, he began to acquire ownership interest in several companies. Today, 50 Cent's net worth is estimated at $150 million.


The 50th Law >



The 50th Law advocates two critical behaviors that is essential for Floyd Mayweather, Jr as a boxer and as a person: (1) Fearlessness, and (2) intense Realism.
Fearlessness is identified as the quality which distinguishes successful people from unsuccessful people. It causes one to act boldly, to gain energy, and to establish momentum.
Fear has destroyed Floyd, and it continues to destroy him. Fear is recognized as a root evil in many of the ancient traditions. In the Indian Vedic traditions that are over 4,000 years old, Chakras (the mind-body's energy centers of consciousness), fear is characterized as a negative energy in the lower portion of the body (the Root Chakra).


As Floyd is engulfed in fear, it breeds doubt in him. His reputation suffers in the prize fighting world. He is unable to spin the wheels of personal evolution from the child phase to that of normal functioning adult phase. He clings to his ego as a form of psychological safety mechanism. When confronted, he reacts angrily - but there is no real bark in his tantrums. He is damned in the dark, frozen corner of fear.


Rituals Against Fear >


Joseph Campbell, the great 20th century American mythologist, argues that society's lack of rituals prevent an individual from passing from one life stage to another.


In the primitive settings of what is now France, perhaps as many as 60,000 years ago, young boys had to enter dozens of feet into a completely dark cave, all covered in pitch black horror. It was a dangerous, and often lethal, rite with sharp rocks protruding from rough walls. These boys did not know what beast or insect might devour their flesh or tear their bones apart. But to be accepted by their hunting tribe, and to prevent being banished or murdered, they had to undergo this essential right of passage.
On the surface, the mystics argued that the boys were traversing to the pitch black womb of the Earth. That this was where the spirits of hunted animals resided. (The cave would be marked by beautiful paintings of animals such as buffaloes and deers that were often many feet long.) And the tribute to their spirits would keep the natural world in balance.


There was a critical benefit for these ancient societies: the terrifying foray into a cave's darkness made one resistant to fear. It made the tribe survive by converting fearful boys into brave men. Fear was a force to be mastered, and one cannot be allowed to be its slave. Or the tribe would perish into extinction. Boys who emerged were immediately considered as men and as warriors. They conquered fear. They would be able to marry. To carry the lineage of their people, and to bear the awesome duties of survival despite the dangerous elements of nature.

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Floyd Mayweather, Jr, ego and child-like antics, represent modern youth and the contemporary wasteland. Today, gone are the rituals that served as the foundation for civilization - the rituals that eliminate fear. The previous two American generations believed that serving in the military made a boy into a man. That, although faced with the prospect of horrific circumstances, the military was an honorable rite of passage. A way of earning a badge of courage and service. Serving time may kill you, but if you came out alive you were universally embraced as a man and as warrior able to tackle life's responsibilities.


Many of today's cynical youth do not share those views. They pretend to learn in school, but they are concentrated on video games, television, ****, and consumerism. There is no brutal ritual for wrestling fear out of one's self. A person may biologically age from 13 years old to 33 years old. But the-now 33-year old remains a child. He did not psychologically evolve into a functional adult, because he did not undergo any difficult obstacle which would allow him to yank fear out of his soul.
Floyd refuses tough fights or challenges in the ring. He clings. Fear holds him back. The sages and mystics are rolling over in their graves, admonishing the defensive wizard. Floyd is falling short of his potential, his reputation is being destroyed, and his personal finances go down the drain.


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Intense Realism >


Second, The 50th Law advocates intense realism. Floyd Mayweather, Jr has violated this principle which has led to his demise. Floyd lives in a fantasy world devoid of any remote approximation with actual realities. He is a pugilistic Willy Wonka excpet his chocolate factory is filled with toxic substitutes, and he peddles a poisonous example for today's youth. (We admire his charitable contributions and volunteerism - we refer to symbolism and mythos here.)


Floyd's fantasy-filled mind allows him to spew lies, contradictions, self-serving misleading statements, and manipulations. Fear justifies it for him. Rationalizes what is wrong. He is surrounded by people who feed him dreams and fantasies 24 hours a day. He is surrounded by "yes men" who will never contradict him, so that they can collect a paycheck. They tell Floyd that he is invincible, that he is a god, that he is the greatest of all time. It is the disaster of group think. A mindless meandering into nowhere. Of creating an alternative reality that makes the group dysfunctional. They are no longer in touch with reality. How they deal with the world is abrasive, ineffective, or both . . .


Intense realism allows the person to focus on his circumstances; to see beyond other people's manipulations, lousy ideas, and petty opinions. According to 50 Cent and Greene, develop the "hustler's eyes." Throughout history, too many kings and generals fell because they stumbled into their own vices, in their own egos, in the delusions of invincibility. As they slept, a Napoleon or Ivan the Terrible would crush their cities. No one is invincible. It only takes one strike. There is no security, General Douglas MacArthur would state.


Realism sharpens your eyes. When you encounter a dangerous situation or a dangerous person, you can see it more clearly and more quickly. A fantasy-filled person will see the good in a serial killer, because he will think the blood on the killer's shoes is blood derived from deer hunting. The man of fantasy makes incorrect assessment after incorrect assessment. A man of realism feels pain from his mistake, and makes it just once. Seeing soberly, he is adept at avoiding errors.


Floyd living in his own fantasy world has made him vulnerable. It feeds his fear, and his fear grows. By not seeing things with intense realism, people were able to steal $7 million in jewelry from his own home. Realists would have kept these valuables at a bank storage deposit. Floyd ignored reality and forced himself to think that "everything would be alright." That he is invincible. After all, in his mind, he is the greatest fighter ever. No need for locks. Result: stolen jewelry.


Additionally, he was reportedly swindled out of millions of dollars by a business associate, necessitating a comeback to the sport. His fantasy-riddled mind did not allow him to decipher the manipulations of his associate. Fantasies make you overly optimistic, and people take advantage of you. Realists see things for the way they are. If you're a scumbag, you should be looked upon as a scumbag, not a saint.


"Truth" >



When 50 Cent was on the streets, a huslter named "Truth" had a profound effect on him. Truth said that realism would allow 50 to see through all the bulls*** that people threw at him. The danger was not the police or an armed rival. The danger was that the hustler's mind would go soft. Success would bring money, fame, and comforts, eventually weakening a person. Failure makes a person get into get rich schemes. Both are failures. Realism sharpens your eye, makes your mind strong, and is the optimal method of dealing with whatever situation the real world throws at you, because you are seeing things for the way they truly are. Nothing more, nothing less.

>> Article: Kermit Cintron Possible Mayweather Opponent


Floyd Mayweather, Jr is best served by removing any remnant of fear in his body and mind. Boxing, reputation, legacy, and financial circumstances mandate that he now see the world with intense realism.
Fear is destroying him. Fantasies will not save him. Rectifying these behaviors mean that he may yet finally pass the child stage into his own adult stage - all by his own ritual.

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