Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Name: Floyd Mayweather Jr
Alias: Money / Pretty Boy
Birth Name: Floyd Joy Sinclair
Born: 1977-02-24 (Age:38)
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 8″   /   173cm
Reach: 72″   /   183cm
Boxing Record: click

Trainers: Roger Mayweather (former), Floyd Mayweather Sr. (present)
Managers: Floyd Mayweather Sr. (former), James Prince (former), Al Haymon (present)
Promoters: Top Rank (former), Golden Boy Promotions (former), Mayweather Promotions (present)
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Biography

From biography.com

Synopsis

American professional boxer Floyd Mayweather was born on February 24, 1977, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He won three national Golden Gloves and an Olympic bronze medal in 1996, and became a professional boxer that same year. By 2007, he was considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world and had 38 undefeated bouts. He retired in 2008, but returned to the ring in September 2009.

Early Years

Widely considered the greatest boxer of his era, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was born February 24, 1977, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Boxing is in his blood. His father, Floyd Sr., was a welterweight contender, and his uncle Jeff Mayweather is a former IBO super featherweight champion. Another uncle, Roger Mayweather, is a former World Boxing Council super-lightweight champion.

His father introduced Mayweather to the gym not long after he started walking, holding his young boy in front of speed bags whenever they visited. Soon, Mayweather was throwing punches at anything that came in his view. At the age of seven he was fitted for his first pair of boxing gloves.

Little Floyd, as he was known, became a staple at his neighborhood gym, which was conveniently located just five doors down from his family's home.

His family life was complicated. His father had a violent temper, and drifted in and out of danger. In 1978, while holding his son, he was shot in the leg during a dispute with the brother of a girlfriend. In 1993, the elder Mayweather was sentenced to prison on cocaine trafficking charges. Mayweather's mother has also dealt with substance abuse issues.

Boxing Success

Away from the circus of his family, Mayweather found peace and control in the ring. Known as Pretty Boy early in his career for his unmarked face, Mayweather, with his fast, precise style, won the National Golden Gloves in 1993, 1994 and 1996.

While he finished 84-6 as an amateur, his pre-professional career ended bitterly at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta when he lost a controversial decision and was forced to settle for a bronze medal.

Mayweather turned professional on October 11, 1996. As a pro, Mayweather continued to win at an astonishing rate. With his father serving as both manager and trainer, he won several easy bouts during his first two years, which he capped off by capturing his first world title, the WBC junior lightweight championship.

His career greatly accelerated even more beginning in 2000, when Mayweather embarked on a seven-year stretch that had many fight fans talking about him as one of the sport's all-time greats.

During this period, he moved up in weight class four times, taking home Ring magazine and WBC lightweight titles in 2001, the WBC super lightweight title in 2005, and Ring magazine and WBC welterweight titles in 2006. In 2007 he defeated Oscar De La Hoya for the WBC super welterweight crown.

His success garnered increased earnings. In 2010 he was the third highest-paid American athlete, with income of more than $60 million for the year.

The victories and paychecks only fueled Mayweather’s already sturdy ego. In a sport built on bravado, he has proven to be one of boxing's most polarizing figures.

"My goal has always been to be one of the best fighters who ever lived," Mayweather has said. "My career and legacy are very important to me."

So is his crossover appeal. In recent years Mayweather has brought his star power to television.

In the buildup to his much-anticipated 2007 match with De La Hoya, Mayweather took center stage in the four-part HBO documentary 24/7, which led to new pay-per-view and live-gate records. Later that year he appeared as a contestant on ABC Television's Dancing with the Stars.

Personal Problems

Mayweather's sometimes-overbearing family dynamics have intruded on his work life. In 2000, Mayweather fired his father as manager. Their differences only became more intense, and not long after, Mayweather fired his father as trainer too, and replaced him with his uncle Roger Mayweather.

Outside the ring, Mayweather has fought different kinds of battles. In late December 2011, a Las Vegas judge sentenced him to 90 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to a domestic violence charge and no contest to two harassment charges. Mayweather has been arrested several times since 2002 in battery and violence cases in Las Vegas and in his hometown of Grand Rapids.

Recent Years

In 2007, Mayweather stunned the sports world when he announced his retirement. He returned in September 2009 and won a bout against Juan Manuel Marquez by unanimous decision, for a purse of nearly $60 million. Eight months later, he won a 12-round unanimous decision over Shane Mosley in Las Vegas to up his professional record to 41-0.

In May 2013, Mayweather made headlines when he won a 12-round bout against Robert Guerrero in a unanimous decision at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, taking the WBC welterweight title. The fight bumped Mayweather's record to an undefeated 44-0 (with 26 KOs).

Mayweather, who is the father of four children (two sons and two daughters), resides in Las Vegas.

Amateur Highlights

Mayweather's hand is raised after defeating Bakhtiyar Tilegenov at the 1996 Olympics
Mayweather against Lorenzo Aragon in the quarterfinals of the 1996 Olympics
Mayweather reacts to losing a controversial decision to Serafim Todorov in the semifinals of the 1996 Olympics
  • Amateur Record: 84-6 [1]
  • 1993 National Golden Gloves Light Flyweight Champion
    Results:
    • Salvador Casillas W 3
    • Domenic Filane W 3
    • Willie Seenn W 3
    • Juan Anzures W 3
    • Eric Morel W 3
  • 1994 National Golden Gloves Flyweight Champion
    Results:
    • Isidro Garcia W 3
    • Julian Stevens W 3
    • Juan Anzures W 3
    • Nick Molinari W 3
    • Linton Nichols W 3
  • 1994 United States Junior National Championships
    Results:
  • Lost on points to Martin Castillo at a 1994 United States vs. Mexico dual meet in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
  • Lost on points to Carlos Navarro at the 1995 United States Pan American Games Trials.
  • Lost on points to Juan Carlos Ramirez at a 1995 United States vs. Mexico dual meet at Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, Arizona, USA.
  • 1995 United States featherweight representative at the World Championships in Berlin, Germany.
    Results:
    • 1st Round - Defeated Marian Leondraliu (Romania) (8-7)
    • 2nd Round - Lost to Noureddine Medjihoud (Algeria) (6-8)
  • 1995 United States Amateur Featherweight Champion
    Results:
    • Jesse Byers W 3
    • Raul Basulto W 3
    • Augie Sanchez W 3
    • James Baker WO
  • 1995 National Police Athletic League Featherweight Champion
    Results:
    • Ernest Rodriguez W 3
    • Shavonn Price
    • Elizondo Gilbert RSC 3
    • Carlos Navarro W 3
    • Carmello Ramos W 3
  • 1996 National Golden Gloves Featherweight Champion
    Results:
  • 1996 Qualified as a featherweight for the United States Olympic Team.
    Results:
  • 1996 Featherweight Bronze Medalist for the United States at the Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
    Results:
    • 1st Round - Defeated Bakhtiyar Tilegenov (Kazakhstan) (RSCI-2)
    • 2nd Round - Defeated Artur Gevorgyan (Armenia) (16-3)
    • Quarterfinals - Defeated Lorenzo Aragon (Cuba) (12-11)
    • Semifinals - Lost to Serafim Todorov (Bulgaria) (9-10)

Career Factoids

Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya
Mayweather vs. Juan Manuel Marquez
Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley
Mayweather vs. Victor Ortiz
Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto
Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez

Regional & Minor Titles

  • IBO Welterweight Title (2006-2007)
  • IBA Welterweight Title (2006-2007)
  • WBC Diamond Super Welterweight Title (2012)

World Titles

  • WBC Super Featherweight Title (1998-2002)
  • WBC Lightweight Title (2002-2004)
  • WBC Super Lightweight Title (2005-2006)
  • IBF Welterweight Title (2006)
  • (2) WBC Welterweight Title (2006-2008, 2011-present)
  • (2) WBC Super Welterweight Title (2007, 2013-present)
  • WBA Super Welterweight Super World Title (2012-present)
  • WBA Welterweight Unified World Title (2014-present)

The Ring Magazine Titles

  • World Lightweight Title (2002-2004)
  • (2) World Welterweight Title (2006-2008, 2013-present)
  • World Junior Middleweight Title (2013-present)

Transnational Boxing Rankings Board Titles

  • World Junior Middleweight Title (2013-present)

Lineal Titles

  • World Junior Lightweight Title (1998-2002)
  • World Lightweight Title (2002-2004)
  • (2) World Welterweight Title (2006-2008, 2010-present)
  • World Junior Middleweight Title (2013-present)

Awards & Recognition

Career Earnings

  • According to the website Celebrity Net Worth, Mayweather's career earnings total $405 million. [2]
  • Forbes magazine releases an annual list of the world's highest paid athletes. Mayweather's placements:
    • 2007: No. 16 ($26.5 million) [3]
    • 2010: No. 2 ($65 million) [4]
    • 2012: No. 1 ($85 million) [5]
    • 2013: No. 14 ($34 million) [6]
    • 2014: No. 1 ($105 million) [7]
  • Unlike the other athletes on the Forbes list, none of Mayweather's earnings come from endorsements.

Pay-Per-View History

Totals (approximate): 14,580,000 buys


Preceded by:
Genaro Hernandez
WBC Super Featherweight Champion
1998 Oct 3 – 2002 Apr 20
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Sirimongkol Singwancha
Preceded by:
Jose Luis Castillo
WBC Lightweight Champion
2002 Apr 20 – 2004
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Jose Luis Castillo
Preceded by:
Arturo Gatti
WBC Light Welterweight Champion
2005 Jun 25 – 2005
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Junior Witter
Preceded by:
Zab Judah
IBF Welterweight Champion
2006 Apr 8 – 2006 Jun 20
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Kermit Cintron
Preceded by:
Carlos Manuel Baldomir
WBC Welterweight Champion
2006 Nov 4 – 2008 Jun 6
Retired
Succeeded by:
Andre Berto
Preceded by:
Oscar De La Hoya
WBC Light Middleweight Champion
2007 May 5 – 2007 Jul 4
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Vernon Forrest
Preceded by:
Victor Ortiz
WBC Welterweight Champion
2011 Sep 17 – present
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Miguel Cotto
Super Champion
WBA Light Middleweight Champion
Super Champion

2012 May 5 – present
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Saul Alvarez
WBC Light Middleweight Champion
2013 Sep 14 – present
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Marcos Maidana
WBA Welterweight Champion
Super Champion

2014 May 3 – present
Succeeded by: