Floyd Mayweather Jr., 11 times world champion in five-division, remained undefeated during his reign from 1996 to 2015 with an impressive 50-0 record and several wins over legendary world champions of his time. His unique style combines the eloquent grace of offense with airtight defensive skill. Floyd is considered as the most talented fighter of the modern era of boxing and among the top 10 all-time greats in history.
Born to humble beginnings, “Money” Mayweather worked really hard to rise to the very top of his game. Forbes and Sports Illustrated listed him several times as one of the highest paid athletes of all time.
“I’ve set the model of showing fighters how they should conduct their business.”
1 The Boxer family
Floyd’s father and two of his uncles were boxers too. Floyd Mayweather Sr., has also received honours as a former welterweight boxer. He fought against the legend Sugar Ray. His Uncle Roger won the World Featherweight Title many times in the late 80’s and early 90’s.
2 A baby shield
Floyd Sr. got into a fight with a man, when he was involved in selling drugs, when the other dealer pointed a gun at his head. Money’s father grabbed Floyd Jr and used him as a shield to keep from getting shot.
3 A tough childhood
His mother raised him on her own for many years, For a period in his childhood they moved to New Jersey. He described 7 people crammed into one room very often with no electricity because they didn’t have the money to pay the electric bill.
4 His Grandmother was his first fan
She is the first person who saw his potential.
“When I was young, I told her, ‘I think I should get a job.’ She said, ‘No, just keep boxing.'”
5 Daddy Floyd Jr
He has a total of 4 kids, from two different mothers. His two daughters are named Jirah and Iyanna. He also has 2 sons, Koraun and Zion. Melissa Brim is the mother of Iyanna,and Josie Harris is the mother of the other three kids. He loves to spoil his kids, like buying them very expensive cars when they first learn how to drive. $400,000 type of cars…
6 From “Pretty Boy” to “Money” Mayweather
“Pretty Boy”’ was his nickname back in his amateur boxer because he got significantly less cuts and bruises thanks to his amazing defensive techniques. He recorded 84 wins to 6 losses back in his amateur days.
7 Atlanta ‘96
At only 19 years old he won an Olympic bronze medal in boxing in the featherweight division of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. After losing in the semi-finals, he never lost again. He became the first U.S boxer in 20 years to win over a Cuban boxer.
“There’s no blueprint on how to beat me.”
8 The Money fight
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor, also known as “The Money Fight”. It was a professional boxing match between the undefeated eleven boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and two-division mixed martial arts (MMA) world champion Conor McGregor. It was scheduled for twelve rounds and recorded the second highest pay-per-view buy rate in history.
Mayweather extended his professional boxing undefeated record to 50–0, going beyond the 49–0 record of the legend Rocky Marciano, after defeating his opponent by technical knockout in the 10th round.
Mayweather vs. McGregor generated a massive 4.3 million pay-per-view buys and more than $500 million in total revenue, ranking it the second biggest PPV of all time.
‘The Money Fight” lived up to its billing as Mayweather earned upwards of $200 million, while the Irish star ultimately received $95 million.
9 Money Talks
Floyd Mayweather net worth is estimated to be around $650 million. He brought in $915 million in the past 10 years, $115 million more than any other athlete, without collecting a single paycheck from a team owner or an exciting sponsorship deal. He is ranked by Forbes as the highest paid athlete of the decade followed by C.Ronaldo, Messi and Lebron James.
His run for the money began in earnest in 2006 when he broke free from promoter Top Rank via an opt-out clause in his contract that cost him $750,000 to execute. He soon started his transformation from the “Pretty Boy” to “Money” Mayweather and began managing his own fights and promoting them through Mayweather Promotions.
“Some pay to see me win, some pay to see me lose, but they all pay.”
Floyd Mayweather Jr.