Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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Name: Floyd Mayweather Jr
Alias: Money / Pretty Boy
Birth Name: Floyd Joy Sinclair
Born: 1977-02-24
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)
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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.

Mayweather lost to Augie Sanchez in the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials, but defeated Sanchez twice in the Box-offs to earn a spot on the 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, which 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 Champion Arturo Gatti. Gatti had beaten a number of high profile opponents, including Leonard Dorin, Micky Ward, and Jesse James Leija, but 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. However, Mayweather's claim to the world 140-pound championship was tenuous at best, given that he failed to face the universally-recognized legitimate champion, 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, 2006, Mayweather earned an easy decision victory over 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 a 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 tenth-round TKO. Mayweather landed a left hook to Hatton's jaw early in the 10th that sent the challenger down. Hatton bravely got up but was quickly knocked back down, and the fight was called off. Mayweather was ahead 88-82, 89-81, and 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 announced his retirement on June 6, 2008.

Legal Troubles

  • In December 2009, fellow boxer Manny Pacquiao filed a complaint against Mayweather and others for defamation for accusing him of using performance-enhancing drugs. A federal judge ruled that the defamation case could continue. [1]
  • Eight charges -- including two felony counts of coercion for threatening his children -- were filed in Nevada against Floyd Mayweather Jr. stemming from a domestic violence. Mayweather also was charged with a felony count of robbery and one of grand larceny, in addition to four misdemeanors -- one for battery domestic violence and three for harassment, according to reports in the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Las Vegas Sun.[2]
  • On May 5th, 2011 Mayweather Jr. was charged with misdemeanor harassment after he allegedly threatened to have two security guards shot by his associates after the security guards ticketed Floyd's cars outside of his mansion. [3]

Amateur Highlights

Floyd Mayweather wins a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta
  • Amateur Record: 84-6
  • 1993 National Golden Gloves Light Flyweight Champion
  • 1994 National Golden Gloves Flyweight Champion
  • 1995 United States Amateur Featherweight Champion
  • 1995 U.S. featherweight representative 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 Featherweight Bronze Medalist for the United States at the Olympics in Atlanta. Results were:

Awards & Recognition

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