Re: How long to LOOK like you know what you're doing?
you know, some people have weird body mechanics. for example, Maussa was a world champion and he never ever looked like he knew what he was doing, nor will he ever. Some people enter the gym and look good right away. There are amateurs with 10 fights with a more polished style than Mayorga, but he would destroy them.
6 months seems right assuming you are reasonably fit to begin with. Wahlberg looked terrible, though - what awful fight scenes. Ugh. And he wasn't even playing a "skilled" kind of fighter.