As an boxing fan I’ve always wanted to know why some fighters acted the way they do in the ring. Why would some tire out early on in the fights. Why some were defensive minded, why some were come forward pressure fighters. So I will go into some of the things I have found in terms of why fighters succeed and what has been their downfall.
One of the first observations I’ve noticed outright is that a huge number of the greatest fighters of all times are earth signs. (George Foremen, Muhammed Ali, Joe Frazier, Pernell Whitaker, Bernard Hopkins, Roy Jones Jr., are all Capricorns. James Toney, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez are Virgos, Sonny Liston, Sugar Ray Leonard,Sugar Ray Robinson are Taurus’s for example). This most likely stems from the fact that earth signs are the most grounded and can deal with the routine rigors of a training regimen much better than the other elements.
There are some excellent fire sign fighters. The thing with the fire signs is I believe they need a good trainer to direct their restless energy. Before Wladimir Klitchko( Aries) was being trained by Emmanuel Steward (Cancer) he was very susceptible to being knocked out because of reckless aggression. Now his approach is more measured, cautious, and reserved and he hasn’t lost in some years, although many if not most would argue that is due to lackluster competition. Manny Pacquiao (Sagittarius) and Freddie Roach (Pisces) is another combination that has worked out quite well. Manny is still a buzzsaw, but Freddie seems to have tempered his fire a bit and helped him look for his spots as opposed to simply trying to overwhelm opponents. The interesting thing about this is Aries and Cancer are square, and Sagittarius and Pisces are squared. They aren’t really compatible. My thinking is that they never really feel completely comfortable with each other and that keeps a good working relationship. Because when two become too comfortable intensity will most likely diminish.
Air signs in my observation have shown to fair worse than the other three elements. The Gemini’s have shown at least in my opinion to be the best ( Marvin Hagler, Roberto Duran). Libras and Aquarius from my observation have shown to be the worst of all signs. Aquarius (Sun in detriment) seems to have trouble with standing on their own in the ring against adversity( Oscar De La Hoya in all his big fights) as well as the Libras ( except for Evander Holyfield who has his Mars in Leo)
Water sign fighters
Water signs are very interesting. You have hard hitting Cancers like Mike Tyson, Jake Lamotta, Vitali Klitchko. They seem to hit very hard or when rattled hit harder. But also seem to fold up when befuddled and while being hit. This would go for the Scorpio fighters like Zab Judah, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Tarver and Hasim Rahman as well. They have an emotional intensity in their power that can be devastating, but at the same time when hit too much or pressured and confused. Seem to emotionally exhaust themselves. Pisces fighters seem to have a high pain threshold. Watch Nate Campbell, Chris Arreola, or Antonio Margarito fight. Pain and suffering seems to motivate these fighters. Even if they win they emerge from the ring in a battered state which is interesting, they seem take punishment as a badge of honor. The martyrdom that Pisces is known for. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the exception here.
Now, in a natal chart we know that the sun rules the heart and soul of a person but the mars placement is the placement of aggression, war, and battle. Aries is at home in mars and like I said earlier, Evander Holyfield has his Mars in Leo. This should be clear by seeing his trilogy with Riddick Bowe or any of his other fights. He was and is never one to say die or throw in the towel. I would argue that this placement is not the best for a professional boxer. It does provide for great energy and aggressiveness as well as quick retaliation in the ring. But, it doesn’t seem to make for the most thoughtful of fighters.
I would argue that mars in air or earth is the best for boxing. As well mars positively aspecting Saturn, Jupiter, or Pluto. Floyd Mayweather Jr. has his natal Mars in Aquarius, as does George Foreman. Floyd Mayweather Jr. has a T-square forming with Saturn which lends to his famous stamina. (Antonio Margarito is another fight whose mars touches Saturn his stamina has gained notoriety as well). Mars aspecting Saturn shows a person who has the work ethic to conquer anything because they never feel they work hard enough. Floyd’s Saturn in Leo show that his father was very harsh on him growing up and he constantly works for his approval. This is despite their tumult laden relationship. Mars in air in my observation allows Floyd to “detach” from the fight and intellectualize and analyze the fight. With that intellectual Mars placement allows him to keep it cool in the face of danger and not waste energy or become rattled easily like someone with a water or fire Mars , or Mars that negatively aspects Jupiter or Pluto. Sugar Ray Leonard has Mars in Aquarius and a fixed sign T-square with his sun and Pluto touching mars lending to stamina.
Mars in Earth
Mars in Earth has a pragmatic and unemotional approach which saves energy and prevents recklessness and is not excited or rattled easily. Good at committing to a training regimen as well and sticking to the routine.
Now to touch on negatively aspected Mar planets. Take Shannon Briggs for example, he has Mars in Pisces, and it’s square Jupiter. So not only is his Mars planet highly susceptible to emotional energy drains , it also depends on mood and feelings to get going. It’s not a high energy Mars and is also squared with Jupiter. This means that energy will also be recklessly wasted. Which is not something that lends well to a Mars in that place.
These are just a few things I have noticed in terms of boxers and astrological placements. I really could write a book about it because of it’s intricacies but I hope I’ve helped shed a little light on it.