Boxing art Floyd Mayweather Jr painting

Sports Painting by Artist John Robertson is
 48" x 60" acrylic on unstretched csnvas
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight is finally going to happen.  I have waited a long time for this.  I am a fan of both fighters although I have not painted Pacquiao.  I have done a drawing of him though. My painting of Mayweather I did a couple of years ago and it has been posted on this blog before.  But with the news conference announcing the fight in a couple of months I thought it might be appropriate to post it again.

As we all know these are probably the best two fighters in the world.  I have been able to see a couple of the greatest fights ever (live on TV): Muhammad Ali against Joe Frazier,  the Sugar Ray Leonard- Robert Duran fights , and Suger Ray Leonard against Marvin Hagler.  And now we get to see another great fight.  Boxing had been lacking interest but this will certainly bring some of that interest back.

How does Pacquiao feel about the fight"  He said at the news conference, ""I don't anticipate this being the hardest fight," he said. "That would be Miguel Cotto, [Oscar] De La Hoya and [Antonio] Margarito. I knew De La Hoya was fast, and I was moving up two weight classes [to fight him]. And Cotto I knew was a very hard puncher. And Margarito hit very hard and was much bigger than me. I don't see that in Floyd Mayweather. I don't see any of that."

And Mayweather, this is what he said, ""One thing I do know about any sport -- when you lose, it's in your mind," Mayweather said. "If you lost once, it's in your mind. If you lost twice, it's in your mind. From day one, I was always taught to be a winner no matter what, push yourself to the limit, stay focused and be the best that you can be.


"We've faced all the top guys. I believe in my skills, I believe in myself and I believe I'm going to be victorious."

Boxing paintings Floyd Mayweather Jr boxing art

I had painted this image of Floyd Mayweather Jr. a couple of years ago and it probably is posted on this blog - but I thought  I would post it again because of his unanimous decision over Marcos Maidana in their WBC welterweight championship  fight a little bit ago.  At thirty-seven Mayweather is still going strong.  He remains unbeaten in 47 fights.  Tough to argue that he is not one of the great fighters.  The boxing art image of Floyd Mayweather Jr. is 4 feet by 5 feet, acrylic on unstretched canvas.  To view paintings for sale please visit:
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I’m not sure why I never really understood what boxing means.  The loneliness of the fighter in the ring, the sweat and smell of the fighters, the grunting and groaning, the grappling and the punching just inches away from each other.  It is about as basic as it can get.  Primitive.

When I was a boy with my little baby face, I watched The Pabst Blue Ribbon bouts on Wednesday, Gillette Friday Night Fights and Saturday night fights with my father on a black and white TV.  We watched a lot of fights – some of the great ones.   There was the legendary Sugar Ray Robinson,Rocky Marciano, Jersey Joe Walcott, Archie Moore (my favorite but hated his fight with Ali), Ezzard Charles, Joe Louis and Floyd Patterson.  Some of these guys lasted into the 60’s.

At the time, all I could see was that two men trying to hurt each other for no reason that I knew of.   I didn’t know about the money, the power over someone else, or that the pure love of fighting were reasons to fight.  I didn't see the discipline and control.   I didn’t understand what it meant to a fighter who was blasted into the ropes, knocked there by a combination of devastating jabs and cross hooks. And as he crumbles to the canvas how his great goal was coming to an end.   As Mike Tyson said, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.”

And what else I learned is what is so contrary to our basic, primitive instincts - that to be successful as a fighter you have to step into it.  Maybe that is why I found it so captivating – the ability of a fighter who may be under a barrage of punches to the face, to lean in, to step in, instead of backing away from the assault.  Because that is the life lesson I take from watching all those fights with my father.  You have to stick your face out there. 

Floyd Mayweather Jr. quote which should apply to everything we do: “I approach every fight like it’s my last fight.”

Floyd Mayweather Jr.  is currently undefeated as a professional and is a five-division world champion.  Super featherweight, Lightweight, Light welterweight, Welterweight, and Light middleweight.  He has won ten world titles in the four different weight classes. EPSY has awarded Mayweather Best Fighter ESPY Award in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Mayweather is a two-time Ring magazine Fighter of the Year (winning the award in 1998 and 2007); he also won the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) Fighter of the Year award in 2007.  Nicknames: Pretty Boy

Money,TBE (The Best Ever).  Height 5 ft. 8 in.  Reach 72 inches.  47 wins – no losses.  Olympic Games in Atlanta (1996) received a Bronze Medal as a featherweight.   Information from From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia  

Art Boxing Image Painting Sports Art

 
This sports image of a boxer was a commissioned painting from a woman who’s boyfriend is a fighter.   Have you thought about having a sports portrait of your partner, your children or yourself?   Just contact me at JohnRoberetsonSportsArt@gmail.com.  Prices start at $250.00 for a small painting.  This sports painting of the boxer portrait shown above is approximately 12” x 15” on  14” x 17”  drafting film.  Ink, watercolor and acrylic. 



Art Boxing Joe Frazier Sports Art


Art Sports Painting by John Robertson
The painting above is 24” x 30” ink and acrylic on canvas. (available)

One of my all time favorite boxers is /was Joe Frazier.  I watched or heard the three great fights he had with Ali (another one of my favorites).  The painting is typical of how I envision the way most of Joe Frazier’s fights ended.  Over a period of time I have created a number of pieces of boxing art - you can see some of them on this blog by starting at the main page and scrolling down to see recent boxing paintings and drawings   Here is a link to Joe Frazier’s web site:  www.joefrazier.com  

Boxing Paintings and Drawings

I have done a series of boxing paintings forty boxing paintings and drawings for this joint art show with my sweetheart Lynn. For those in the neighborhood we're very much looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, September 24th, from 6-8 p.m. in celebrating the opening reception for hook, work from John Robertson and Lynn Hanson. Join us at 1740 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, 90405.. See you soon

Art Boxing Sports Art John Robertson Artist

I watched a good fight on television last night.  This painting I did a couple of days ago.  I have been a boxing fan since I was a boy and really enjoy painting the boxers in action.  Although I normally paint large-scale art (50" x 70") this boxing art is 8 1/2" x 11" oil on vellum.  It is nice to paint on the flat, smooth surface of the paper.