Floyd Mayweather Biography – Floyd Mayweather, Jr., bynames Money and Pretty Boy (born February 24, 1977, Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.), American boxer whose combination of speed, power, and technical prowess made him one of the best pound-for-pound fighters of his generation. He is currently undefeated as a professional and he has held the championship title in five different divisions. In 1998 and 2007, he was named the Fighter of the Year as rated by The Ring Magazine. The same magazine also ranked him as the #1 welterweight and junior middleweight.
Born as Floyd Sinclair, Mayweather has boxing genes in his blood. His father is Floyd Mayweather, Sr., a boxer who fought the great Sugar Ray Leonard back in his younger years. He is also the nephew of Jeff and Roger Mayweather, the latter a super featherweight and junior welterweight champion of the world.
With his father in jail, Mayweather shuffled homes between his grandmother and his mother in New Jersey. Staying with his mom was particularly tough as they were so poor that there were seven of them crammed in just one bedroom. They also had to endure some days without electricity.
Drugs were also a huge part of those early days because his mother was an addict. He also had an aunt who got and died from the AIDS disease because of her constant needle injection related to her drug use. As a matter of fact, Mayweather grew up coming home from school to a front yard littered with several heroin needles.
Despite his family’s issues, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. found peace and control in the boxing ring. During his early career, he was known as the Pretty Boy due to his unmarked face and good looks. With his fast and precise style, he won the National Golden Gloves competition three out of four years – in 1993, 1994, and 1996.
Floyd turned professional on October 11, 1996. His father served as his manager and trainer and Floyd Jr. won numerous bouts in his first two years as a pro. He also received a lot of praise from all corners of the boxing industry. In 1998, he won his very first world title – the WBC super featherweight championship – following an eighth round technical knockout. In 1996, Floyd became the first U.S. Olympian to win a world boxing title.
Floyd turned to his professional career in 1996, which began with an astounding performance by the boxer with a long streak of continuous victories. 2 years later, he won his first WBC World Championship and earned several other titles in different weight groups during his career. However, his family dynamics interrupted his progress repeatedly, which started in 2000 when he fired his father from the post of his manager due to differences and later on, fired him as a trainer as well. Moreover, he was also sentenced to 90 days for domestic violence and harassment charges in 2011 in Las Vegas.
Although winning a challenge creates a champion, yet the real test arrives when a title is defended. Mayweather got physical gifts, backed by a desire to achieve success and a hard training schedule at the gym, wherein he was reputed for outshining all his opponents. All his efforts paid off when Mayweather defended his Super Featherweight Title 8 times in a row, from 1998-2001.
After this, he moved to the WBC Lightweight Championship and won his 2nd title by defeating Jose Luis Castillo in 12 hard-fought bouts in 2002. After 2 years, he made another dominating win and earned the title of a champion in the Junior Welterweight Division. Similarly, he continued his winning streak and got named as the best undefeated boxer with 11 world titles and others in 4 different weight categories.
” You have good days, you have bad days. But the main thing is to grow mentally.” – Floyd Joy Mayweather.
He retired in 2007, but returned in 2009 and 2017 with better aim and focus on his boxing to take his personal record up to 45 wins with 26 knockouts.