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== Biography ==
 
== Biography ==
'''Floyd Mayweather Jr.''', is a five-time world champion, and an [[Olympic Games]] Bronze Medalist. He is widely recognized as the best boxer pound for pound in the world, currently. Mayweather comes from a prominent boxing family that includes his father Floyd Sr., and uncles Jeff and [[Roger Mayweather|Roger]], who was a world champion in two weight classes.
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'''Floyd Mayweather Jr.''', is a five-time world champion and an [[Olympic Games|Olympic]] Bronze Medalist. Over the last few years of his career, he was widely recognized as the best boxer, pound-for-pound, in the world. Mayweather comes from a prominent boxing family, which includes his father Floyd Sr. and uncles Jeff and [[Roger Mayweather|Roger]], who was a world champion in two weight classes.
  
As an amateur he had beaten [[Augie Sanchez]] in a very close fight in the amateurs to earn a spot on the 1996 United States Olympic Team. He turned pro after the Olympics, achieving much early success. He got a title shot at the age of 21 against [[Genaro Hernandez]]. Hernandez was a 6-to-1 favorite and had only lost once in 40 fights to that date. Mayweather dominated the fight before Hernandez's corner conceded [[Genaro Hernandez vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.|defeat after six rounds]]. Mayweather then fought [[Angel Manfredy]] just two months later in a high-profile bout. Mayweather [[Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Angel Manfredy|stopped Manfredy in the second round]]. After defending his belt against some [[WBC]] mandatory contenders, Mayweather was matched with the undefeated [[Diego Corrales]]. Mayweather dominated the [[Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Diego Corrales|entire fight]], knocking down Corrales five times before the latter's father jumped in to stop it.
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As an amateur, he defeated [[Augie Sanchez]] in a very close fight to earn a spot on the 1996 United States Olympic Team. He turned pro after the Olympics, achieving much early success. He got a title shot at the age of 21 against [[WBC]] Super Featherweight Champion [[Genaro Hernandez]], who had lost only once in 40 fights. Mayweather dominated the fight before Hernandez's corner conceded [[Genaro Hernandez vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.|defeat after six rounds]]. Mayweather fought [[Angel Manfredy]] just two months later in a high-profile bout, which Mayweather won by a [[Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Angel Manfredy|second round TKO]]. After defending his belt four more times, Mayweather was matched with the undefeated [[Diego Corrales]]. Mayweather dominated the entire [[Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Diego Corrales|fight]], knocking down Corrales five times before the latter's father stop the contest.
  
Mayweather then moved up in weight, in hopes of winning another title. His opponent was [[Jose Luis Castillo]]. Castillo was a veteran of many battles, including a win over the crafty [[Stevie Johnston]]. Mayweather got what was considered by some as a [[Jose Luis Castillo vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (1st meeting)|controversial win]]. A rematch was immediately scheduled to end the dispute; Mayweather won the [[Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Jose Luis Castillo (2nd meeting)|rematch]] using an entirely different style than their first bout together. Wins against [[Victoriano Sosa]], [[Phillip N'dou]], and [[DeMarcus Corley]] followed.  
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After two more title defenses, Mayweather moved up in weight and fought [[WBC]] Lightweight Champion [[Jose Luis Castillo]], a veteran of many battles, including a win and a draw against the crafty [[Stevie Johnston]]. Mayweather, fighting with an injured shoulder, won by a controversial [[Jose Luis Castillo vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (1st meeting)|unanimous decision]]. A rematch was immediately scheduled to end the dispute, Mayweather won by a clear [[Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Jose Luis Castillo (2nd meeting)|unanimous decision]]. Wins against [[Victoriano Sosa]], [[Phillip N'dou]], and [[DeMarcus Corley]] followed.  
  
Mayweather then had what some termed a "[[Arturo Gatti vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.|superfight]]" with the popular but limited [[Arturo Gatti]]. Gatti was the [[WBC]] 140-lb titlist, who had beaten a number of high profile opponents [[Leonard Dorin]], [[Micky Ward]], and [[Jesse James Leija]], although he had failed to face any of the top fighters in the division. On June 25, 2005, Mayweather beat Gatti to become a three-division champion. Mayweather's claim to the world 140 pound championship was tenuous at best however, given that he failed to face the universally-recognised legitimate champion in [[Ricky Hatton]].
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Mayweather then had what some termed a "[[Arturo Gatti vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.|superfight]]" with the popular but limited WBC Super Light Champion[[Arturo Gatti]], who had beaten a number of high profile opponents, including [[Leonard Dorin]], [[Micky Ward]], and [[Jesse James Leija]]. However, he had failed to face any of the top fighters in the division. On June 25, 2005, Mayweather beat Gatti to become a three-division champion. Mayweather's claim to the world 140-pound championship was tenuous at best, given that he failed to face the universally-recognized legitimate champion in [[Ricky Hatton]].
  
On April 8, 2006, Mayweather won the [[IBF]] welterweight title with a [[Zab Judah vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.|unanimous decision]] over [[Zab Judah]]. The win garnered Mayweather his fourth world championship in four weight classes. However once again his claim to the title is considered spurious by most, given that the linear title ran through [[Carlos Manuel Baldomir]], who defeated Judah in his last fight before facing Mayweather. On November 4th, Mayweather earned an [[Carlos Manuel Baldomir vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.|easy decision victory]] over Carlos Manuel Baldomir, shutting him out on two of the three scorecards. On May 5, 2007 he defeated [[Oscar De La Hoya]] by [[Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.|split decision]] to become a world champion in five different weight classes. On Dec 8, 2007 Mayweather defeated [[Ricky Hatton]] to retain his WBC welterweight world title by a [[Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Ricky Hatton|10th round TKO]]. Mayweather landed a left hook to Hatton's jaw early in the 10th that sent Hatton down. Hatton bravley got up but was quickly knocked back down, and the fight was called off. Mayweather was ahead 88-82 89-81 89-81 at the time of the stoppage.
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On April 8, 2006, Mayweather won the [[IBF]] Welterweight Championship with a [[Zab Judah vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.|unanimous decision]] over [[Zab Judah]]. The win garnered Mayweather his fourth world championship in four weight classes. However, once again his claim to the title was considered spurious by most, given that the linear title ran through [[Carlos Manuel Baldomir]], who defeated Judah in his previous fight. On November 4, Mayweather earned an [[Carlos Manuel Baldomir vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.|easy decision victory]] over Carlos Manuel Baldomir, shutting him out on two of the three scorecards.  
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On May 5, 2007, Mayweather defeated WBC Super Welterweight Champion [[Oscar De La Hoya]] by [[Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.|split decision]] to become a world champion in five different weight classes. After the fight, Mayweather announced that he was retiring, but on Dec 8, 2007, he fought [[Ricky Hatton]], retaining his WBC Welterweight Championship by a [[Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Ricky Hatton|10th-round TKO]]. Mayweather landed a left hook to Hatton's jaw early in the 10th that sent the challenger down. Hatton bravley got up but was quickly knocked back down, and the fight was called off. Mayweather was ahead 88-82 89-81 89-81 at the time of the stoppage.
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It appeared that Mayweather was going to have a rematch with De La Hoya on September 20, 2008, but Mayweather canceled the fight and announced his retirement on June 6, 2008.
  
 
== Amateur Highlights ==
 
== Amateur Highlights ==

Revision as of 20:56, 9 August 2008

Floyd Mayweather Jr.
(AP photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

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

Manager: James Prince (former)
Trainers: Floyd Mayweather, Roger Mayweather (current)
Floyd Mayweather Jr. Gallery

Biography

Floyd Mayweather Jr., is a five-time world champion and an Olympic Bronze Medalist. Over the last few years of his career, he was widely recognized as the best boxer, pound-for-pound, in the world. Mayweather comes from a prominent boxing family, which includes his father Floyd Sr. and uncles Jeff and Roger, who was a world champion in two weight classes.

As an amateur, he defeated Augie Sanchez in a very close fight to earn a spot on the 1996 United States Olympic Team. He turned pro after the Olympics, achieving much early success. He got a title shot at the age of 21 against WBC Super Featherweight Champion Genaro Hernandez, who had lost only once in 40 fights. Mayweather dominated the fight before Hernandez's corner conceded defeat after six rounds. Mayweather fought Angel Manfredy just two months later in a high-profile bout, which Mayweather won by a second round TKO. After defending his belt four more times, Mayweather was matched with the undefeated Diego Corrales. Mayweather dominated the entire fight, knocking down Corrales five times before the latter's father stop the contest.

After two more title defenses, Mayweather moved up in weight and fought WBC Lightweight Champion Jose Luis Castillo, a veteran of many battles, including a win and a draw against the crafty Stevie Johnston. Mayweather, fighting with an injured shoulder, won by a controversial unanimous decision. A rematch was immediately scheduled to end the dispute, Mayweather won by a clear unanimous decision. Wins against Victoriano Sosa, Phillip N'dou, and DeMarcus Corley followed.

Mayweather then had what some termed a "superfight" with the popular but limited WBC Super Light ChampionArturo Gatti, who had beaten a number of high profile opponents, including Leonard Dorin, Micky Ward, and Jesse James Leija. However, he had failed to face any of the top fighters in the division. On June 25, 2005, Mayweather beat Gatti to become a three-division champion. Mayweather's claim to the world 140-pound championship was tenuous at best, given that he failed to face the universally-recognized legitimate champion in Ricky Hatton.

On April 8, 2006, Mayweather won the IBF Welterweight Championship with a unanimous decision over Zab Judah. The win garnered Mayweather his fourth world championship in four weight classes. However, once again his claim to the title was considered spurious by most, given that the linear title ran through Carlos Manuel Baldomir, who defeated Judah in his previous fight. On November 4, Mayweather earned an easy decision victory over Carlos Manuel Baldomir, shutting him out on two of the three scorecards.

On May 5, 2007, Mayweather defeated WBC Super Welterweight Champion Oscar De La Hoya by split decision to become a world champion in five different weight classes. After the fight, Mayweather announced that he was retiring, but on Dec 8, 2007, he fought Ricky Hatton, retaining his WBC Welterweight Championship by a 10th-round TKO. Mayweather landed a left hook to Hatton's jaw early in the 10th that sent the challenger down. Hatton bravley got up but was quickly knocked back down, and the fight was called off. Mayweather was ahead 88-82 89-81 89-81 at the time of the stoppage.

It appeared that Mayweather was going to have a rematch with De La Hoya on September 20, 2008, but Mayweather canceled the fight and announced his retirement on June 6, 2008.

Amateur Highlights

  • Amateur Record: 84-6
  • 1993 National Golden Gloves light flyweight champion
  • 1994 National Golden Gloves flyweight champion
  • 1995 United States Amateur featherweight champion
  • 1995 fought as a Featherweight at the World Championships in Berlin. Results were:
  • 1996 National Golden Gloves featherweight champion
  • 1996 Qualified as a Featherweight for the United States Olympic Team. Results were:
  • 1996 Won the featherweight Bronze Medal for the United States at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Results were:

Awards and Recognition


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