I heard Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight ticket cost as high as $10,000, when David vs Goliath fight was absolutely free. Smiles.
I thought about this and all I could conclude was “When your life catches fire, others will pay heavily to watch you burn.
But I have more than that to tell you today. I want you to learn something from this Champion.
History has it that the American professional boxer was born into a family of boxers and his father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., uncles, Jeff Mayweather and Roger Mayweather were professionals also.
To the family, I could infer that Boxing is a serious Business! Yet, Mayweather who is currently undefeated as a professional having won eleven world titles and the lineal championship in four different weight classes didn’t just wake up one day and started fighting as a boxer – as a champion.
To talk of how he did grow to be the undisputed champion today, allow me to give enough kudos to his grandmother. As a young sharp, the grandmother was sensitive enough to see into his future. He once said, “I think my grandmother saw my potential first. When I was young, I told her I think I should get a job but she said, ‘No, just keep boxing.’” I wish every mother and grandmother could see this way.
Smooth life you would say? And being born into a family of boxers was an advantage right?
But, did you know at age eight he lived in an apartment with his mother where there was no electricity?
Hear this from him:
“When people see what I have now, they have no idea of where I came from and how I didn’t have anything growing up.”
His mother was addicted to drugs and he had an aunt who died of AIDS because of her drug use. It was this traumatic experience that made him say, “People don’t know the hell I’ve been through.”
You have been neglected without proper parental care? He has something to say about it also.
“I don’t remember my father ever taking me anywhere or doing anything that a father would do with a son, going to park or to the movies or to get ice cream. I always thought that he liked his daughter (Floyd’s older sister) better that he liked me because she never got whippings and I got whippings all the time.”
Even though the father contested his claim, that experience was real to Mayweather. The father was imprisoned and Mayweather was left to take care of his mother.
To make matter worse, he dropped out of high school to face boxing to earn a living.
Today, Mayweather’s net worth is estimated to be $330 million.
That is for Mayweather.
I as a person have had enough challenges more than the average Nigerian youth have. My teenage years in Maiduguri among the Almajiri children was nothing to write home about. In fact, I had everything to give up as a person, but I didn’t. Today, many of the Almajiri children ended up in the camp of the Boko Haram sect. They ended up there because they saw the society in which they were born had nothing to offer them, apart from the acclaimed reason of Western Education and the Faith of Islam.
Let me tell you more.
Every cub (the young of a lion) is born without congenital ability to hunt. They would all face intimidation like many other young animals would. They would have to be taught how to hunt and how to defend themselves. Their mother would have to tell them who they are and all they have to survive as the king of animals.
You and I know that a cub trained by a sheep would stay a sheep, like you know an eagle trained by a fowl would be confined to its limitation.
There is a king in you. There is the future you that needs to be celebrated regardless of the hardship your life is facing today. And no matter how battered you are about life, a dogged belief about a brighter future is all you need to be celebrated like Mayweather is today.
No matter what you are passing through in life, the likes of Michael Jordan, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Cuban, Fela Durotoye, Leke Alder, Bishop Oyedepo, Daddy G.O., Sam. Adeyemi, Prof. Attahiru Jega, and even yours truly, Stephen Akintayo have all been there.
Today, all these men are burning as we all watch.
And here is a question for you: When will the world start watching you burn? When will you make your miseries turn testimonies that people will be willing to pay to hear about? When will you be celebrated too?
Sooner, later or never? Choose one! And I wish you choose sooner.
Thanks for your time. See you at the top.
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Originally posted 2015-05-06 06:04:12.