Weird... That is what best describes the Drunken Masters style. Notably a dominant fighter, who should've won most of his bouts, but was simply robbed throughout his career due to corrupt judges who hated him for the way he moved. Join me was we break down Floyd Mayweathers hardest fight, The legend, Agustus.
script: "When you're different, the whole world looks at you like you're a fool. Deviating from its traditions, its values, you are rediculed for attempting to innovate your own path, one authentic to your soul... Innately the mediocore man will not ask "why is he doing that?" because that is an effort to truly understand... Instead he will say, what the hell is he doing, that's not how we do things... Thus you end up with a situation similar to Emanuel agustus's. Agustus, a man who courageously forged his own style, mixing his art, his soul... with the science of boxing, was thought to be making a mockery of it... To be different is to be mocked, but here's the irony. We are all different. And so when we see a soul standing out, and decide meet it with hatred, we do not just snuff his light, but seal the cracks where ours wishes to break free, extinguishing that spark from ourselves all the same. To the light seeping from our cracks, to seal it and be normal... Would that not truly be Insane? To deviate from your nature simply because of fear... In a life limited in time, who truly is the crazy one? And with this noted... Wouldn't fear be the root of mediocrity?
Back to Agustus. What was he doing differently?
To understand, we must first understand rhythm in both boxing and dance. Rhythm in boxing is weight distribution from lead foot to back foot, and in dance, it is timing your movements to the musics repeat sequence and patterns. Now we all have a musical memory, one that stores musics rhythm, tones and pitch, and so with your musical memory, you can actually dance to music without having any music playing. I know this first hand as I've not only been a martial artist for a large portion of my life, but a dance performer for 3 years, and before performances, to help alleviate some of my anxiety, I would replay a beat in my head and go over my routine until it felt more natural. Some people have a greater aptitude for this than others.
Now with a boxing rhythm, emanuel uses whats known as a broken rhythm to integrate dance moves. A broken rhythm is constant changes in the cadence of your rhythm to make your movments more unpredictable, and this can be a double edged sword, because if your opponent catches on to your habitual changes in rhythm, picking up on the varying cadences, he can punish you for it, but emanuel stiffled your analytical process of that by making you go "what the ef are you doing"... By mixing his rhythm with dance, weird movements completely incongruent with the feel of the environment, he'd put you in a deer in head lights situation, pulling your mind out of the fight, whilst he is still focused in... Paired with his playful taunting nature, he just made it very difficult to take him seriously, and if you didn't, figuring out his broken rhythm became much more difficult. This is why, despite the controversial decisions stemming from corruption, emanuel was notably a dominant fighter when we actually watch his bouts, but this is also why a mentally strong fighter like floyd mayweather legitimately beat emanuel. Floyd was straight up dominanted by how weird emanuel was in the first round, even saying to his corner, "I can't hit him", with a look of desperation on his face, but Floyd remained serious, he did not let the weird movments, the taunts, just the overall incongruent and playful vibe pull his mind out of the fight, and eventually, as he figured out the cadence to Emanuel's broken rhythm Floyd Mayweather started landing more and more shots, turning Emanuel into a mortal once more."