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Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. was born on February 24, 1977, to Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Deborah. Boxing is in his blood because his father Floyd Mayweather Sr.was a former welterweight contender and his Uncles Jeff and Roger Mayweather were professional boxers.

Who is Floyd Mayweather?

Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr. is an American professional boxer, who competed from 1996 to 2015, and currently works as a boxing promoter. Floyd Mayweather is regarded as one of the great pound-for-pound fighters in the history because of his speed, power, and technical prowess.

Floyd Early Life:

At an early age his father introduced him to the gym. Within a short time Mayweather was throwing punches at anything that came in his view. When he turned seven, he was fitted for his first pair of boxing gloves. Mayweather’s grandmother who first noticed his potential advised him not to look for a job but keep boxing and concentrate on his boxing skills. Mayweather eventually decided to quit school and make boxing a full time career.

His early life was very complicated. In 1993 his father was sentenced to prison on cocaine trafficking charges. After that he was staying with his mother in New Jersey; they were so poor that there were seven of them, all of whom were crammed in just one bedroom. His mother also became an addict and his aunt died of AIDS disease due to intravenous transfusion of contaminated blood into her body.

Floyd Career Highlights:

In spite of his family issues, Mayweather found peace and control in the ring. During his younger years he was known as “Pretty boy” for his unmarked face. As an amateur, he won the national Golden Gloves in 1993, 1994, and 1996 with his fast, precise style. Mayweather's pre-professional career came on a bitter note at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, when he lost a controversial decision to Bulgaria's Serafim Todorov and was forced to settle for a bronze medal in featherweight semifinals division.

On October 11, 1996, Mayweather turned as pro. His father served as his manager and trainer after his release from prison. In first two years as, pro he won many bouts. He went on to fight at five separate weight divisions in his career, winning world titles in all of those divisions and collecting 15 title belts overall. He became the first U.S. Olympian to win a world boxing title in 1996.

He won his very first world title the WBC super featherweight championship in 1998, WBC lightweight title in 2002, the WBC super lightweight title in 2005 and the IBF, IBO, WBC and IBA welterweight titles in 2006. In 2007 he defeated Oscar De La Hoya for the WBC super welterweight crown.

Personal Life and Controversies:

 He was engaged to Shantel Jackson, but the couple broke up before tying the knot. Floyd Mayweather is a father of four children. He currently lives in Las Vegas.

Since 2002, he was arrested numerous times even for battery and violence. In 2011 December, he was convicted to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty on a domestic violence charge.

Honors and Awards:

  • Michigan State Golden Gloves Champion, 106 Lbs (1993)
  • National Golden Gloves Champion, 106 Lbs (1993)
  • Michigan State Golden Gloves Champion, 112 Lbs (1994)
  • National Golden Gloves Champion, 112 Lbs; Outstanding Boxer Award (1994)
  • National PAL Champion, 125 Lbs; Outstanding Boxer Award (1995)
  • United States national amateur boxing featherweight champions, 125 Lbs (1995)
  • Competed at Featherweight at the World Amateur Boxing Championships (1995)
  • Michigan State Golden Gloves Champion, 125 Lbs (1996)
  • National Golden Gloves Champion, 125 Lbs (1996)
  • Qualified as a Featherweight for the United States Olympic Team (1996)
  • Atlanta Olympics Featherweight Bronze medalist (1996)
  • International Boxing Award Fighter of the Year (1998 and 2007)
  • The Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year (1998 and 2007)
  • World Boxing Hall of Fame Fighter of the Year(2002)
  • World Boxing Council Boxer of the Year (2005 and 2007)
  • The Ring 'number one' pound for pound (2005–08)
  • Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year (2007)
  • ESPN Fighter of the Year (2007)
  • Forbes Magazine, Ranked "Number 14" Richest Celebrity Paydays (2007)
  • New York Daily News Fighter of the Year (2007)
  • World Boxing Council Event of the Year (The World Awaits) (2007)
  • World Boxing Council Knockout of the Year (against Ricky Hatton) (2007)
  • Best Fighter ESPY Award(2007, 2008 and 2010)
  • The Ring Magazine Event of the Year(2007, 2008 and 2010)
  • Sports Illustrated, The 50 Highest-Earning American Athletes (ranked 4th) (2008)
  • Yahoo Sports, Ranked "Number 6" Most Powerful People in Boxing (2008)
  • The Ring Magazine Comeback of the Year (2009)
  • BoxRec, BBC Sport and Yahoo! Sports 'number one' pound for pound (2009–10)
  • Yahoo! Sports Boxing's Most Influential (ranked 70th) (2010)
  • Forbes magazine Celebrity 100 (ranked 31st) (2010)
  • Forbes Magazine, The World's 50 Top-Earning Athletes (ranked 2nd) (2010)
  • Sports Illustrated, The 50 Highest-Earning American Athletes (ranked 3rd) (2010)
  • Forbes Magazine #1 of the world's 100 highest paid athletes (2012)
  • Sports Illustrated #1 fortunes 50 (2012)
  • Best Fighter ESPY Award (2012)
  • The Ring 'number one' pound for pound (2013)
  • Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year (2013)
  • The Best Ever Award (2015)
  • Forbes, Ranked "Number One" as The World's Highest-Paid Celebrities (2015)
  • Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year (2015)
  • Guinness World Records Most bouts undefeated by a world champion boxer in a career (2016)
  • Guinness World Records Highest career pay-per-view sales for a boxer ($1.3 billion) (2016)
  • Guinness World Records Most expensive boxing championship belt ($1 Million) (2016)

Floyd Joy Mayweather Quotes:

  • “When it’s all said & done only God can judge me. I’m going to go out there on 5/5 to give my fans what they want to see.”
  • “Showing is better than telling.”
  • “There are all these athletes out there cheating. I am clean and pure.”
  • “It’s the hurt business, it’s boxing. We’re there to get it in.”
  • “Bob arum is Manny Pacquiao’s boss, Floyd Mayweather is his own boss.”
  • “I’m not in this sport to see how hard I can get hit or to see how many big punches I can take. I am in this game to fight as long as I can. I am trying to dish a lot of punishment.”
  • “There’s no blueprint on how to beat me.”
  • “I don’t fight for bragging rights. I’ve proved myself.”
  • “Hard work, dedication!”
  • “It’s about having personality…it’s not about being the bad guy, it’s about entertaining people.”
  • “A true champion will fight through anything.”
  • “No athlete works harder than Floyd Mayweather.”
  • “S*** happens in the sport of boxing. You wanted to see a KO, that’s what I gave you.”
  • “I don’t have to run from none of these fighters. If I want to keep my defense tight and break em’ down I can.”
  • “The sport needs the cash cow back.”
  • “All work is easy work.”
  • “A belt doesn't make me.”
  • “Once I beat a guy, mentally and physically, he’s never the same.”
  • “Some pay to see me win, some pay to see me lose, but they all pay.”
  • “I’m the best at talking trash I’m also the best at going out there and backing it up.”
  • “The ultimate goal is to always break records.”

Floyd Mayweather

  • “I don’t feel that no fighter has the mental or physical agility to match Floyd Mayweather.”
  • “I don’t have to wait for nobody, I move when I wanna move.”
  • “I want to be able to separate the average from the good and from the great. I want to separate the ordinary from the extraordinary.”
  • “I don’t fold under pressure, great athletes perform better under pressure, so put pressure on me.”
  • “I’m running my mouth a lot and I’m looking for a guy to shut me up. If you don’t shut me up I’m going to keep running my mouth.”
  • “If you’re the best then take the test!”
  • “You’ve got to have a villain and they’ll always make me a villain. I’m used to it – it makes me work harder and it makes me fight harder.”
  • “It’s protect yourself at all times.”
  • “I land a higher percentage of punches than any boxer in boxing.”
  • “Don’t ever know who you may meet, or just because a person may not be dressed up all fancy, don’t mean they’re not an important person. You just don’t ever know who you’re gonna meet in life. So that’s why I look at everybody as equal. Can’t just judge. I treat everybody with respect. Every man.”
  • “My whole outlook on life is, never judge a book by its cover.”
  • “If anyone has followed my career, they know that there’s been a lot of obstacles and a lot of ups and down through my career. But day in and day out, and in the square circle, I went out there and always did my best.”
  • “If you fight angry, you make a lot of mistakes, and when you fight a sharp, witty fighter like me, you can’t make mistakes.”
  • “People have said things about me, and wrote and criticized me about things in the past, but it goes in one ear and out the other.”
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