10 Amazing Facts about Floyd Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather, Jr., born on February 24, 1977 in a family of boxers is an American professional boxer, popular in the world of sports by several nicknames such as The Best Ever or TBE, Money and Pretty Boy, is one of the most noted boxers of recent times.
He is the son of Floyd Mayweather, Sr. who was a welterweight contender, and was also the nephew of professional boxers Jeff and Roger Mayweather, of whom, two time world champion Roger is his current trainer. He never seriously considered any other profession, apart from boxing, having grown up with the sport as a part of his life since his very childhood. Let us take a look at 10 Amazing Facts about Floyd Mayweather.
10 Amazing Facts about Floyd Mayweather
10. A Little Introduction
Number 10 on Amazing Facts about Floyd Mayweather, American professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., is undefeated as a professional boxer and is the current world champion in five-division. He achieved ten world titles and the lineal championship title in four different weight categories. Mayweather was named “Fighter of the Year” by the Ring magazine twice in 1998 and 2007. He was named “Fighter of the Year” by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 2007. He achieved the Best Fighter ESPY Award six times till now in his career in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014. Floyd Mayweather is the current welterweight champion of WBC, WBA and Ring, and is also the junior middle weight champion of all of them the WBC Super, WBA and Ring.
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9. His Accolades
Next on Amazing Facts about Floyd Mayweather, He is named as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world by several reputed media houses which include Sports Illustrated, ESPN, BoxRec, Ring, Yahoo! Sports and Fox Sports. Mayweather was included in the lists of the 50 highest-paid athletes by Forbes and Sports Illustrated twice consecutively in 2012 and 2013, and was named the highest paid athlete in the world in the 2014 Forbes list. He was inducted in the 31st position in the “Celebrity 100” list of Forbes magazine in 2010. He was named in the 3rd position of the “50 Highest-Earning American Athletes” by Sports Illustrated the same year. Mayweather topped the “Fortunes 50” by Sports Illustrated in 2012 and has won the Best Fighter ESPY Award the same year. Besides boxing, Mayweather appeared with his partner Ukrainian-American professional ballroom dancer Karina Smirnoff on the fifth season of “Dancing with the Stars”.
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8. His Disturbed Childhood
Next on Amazing Facts about Floyd Mayweather, Floyd Mayweather was born in a family of boxers on February 24, 1977, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Floyd Mayweather Sr., his father, was a former welterweight boxer who fought against Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard. Jeff Mayweather and Roger Mayweather, his uncles, were professional boxers and world championships. Mayweather was born with his mother’s last name but shortly after his last name was changed to Mayweather. His mother was addicted to drugs and he had an aunt who died from AIDS, and while talking about those things Mayweather said, “People don’t know the hell I’ve been through.” While talking about his father Floyd said, “I don’t remember him ever taking me anywhere or doing anything that a father would do with a son, going to the park or to the movies or to get ice cream.”
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7. Association with WWE
Number 7 on Amazing Facts about Floyd Mayweather, Floyd Mayweather was first featured in WWE’s No Way Out pay-per-view event in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 17, 2008, where he jumped a security barricade and attacked Big Show to help Rey Mysterio. The attack of Mayweather caused Big Show receiving a broken nose. Big Show then challenged Mayweather to a one-on-one No Disqualification match at WrestleMania XXIV the very next night on Raw. He defeated Big Show in a knockout with brass knuckles at WrestleMania. Mayweather claimed to be paid $20 million for the fight at WrestleMania but WWE’s financial statements do not match that number. He again made his appearance as a guest host for WWE Raw on August 24, 2009, in Las Vegas, where he gave Montel Vontavious Porter a brass knuckles to knock Jericho out in a tag team match.
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6. The Domestic Violence Scenario
Floyd Mayweather faced domestic violence charges throughout his career. He was charged with two counts of domestic violence and one count of misdemeanor battery in 2002 for which he was suspended for six months and had two days of house arrest including 48 hours of community service. He then faced a one-year suspended jail sentence again in 2004 for two counts of misdemeanor battery against two women and ordered to undergo counseling for “impulse control”. Mayweather again faced a 90-day suspended jail sentence for misdemeanor battery charge after hitting a bouncer in 2005. Mayweather then faced a 90-day suspended jail sentence in the county jail on December 21, 2011, for his charges of battery upon Harris in September 2010. He was also ordered to complete 100 hours of community service, a fine of $2,500 and a 12-month domestic violence program. He served his jail sentence from June 1, 2012 to August 2012.
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5. He is Loud-Mouth
Floyd Mayweather is also known for being a loud mouthed boxer and while talking about his criticism said, “Most people should be talking about how Floyd Mayweather is a great undefeated future Hall of Famer that’s his own promoter and that works extremely hard to get to where he’s at. Instead, all you hear is hate and jealous remarks from critics who criticize me and, you know, most of the time, the people that criticize me can’t do what I can do.” While talking about his childhood he said, “I come from a very rough background, and I’m saying that if you work hard and dedicate yourself that you can make it, too,” and he added, “When people see what I have now, they have no idea of where I came from and how I didn’t have anything growing up.”
4. The Negotiation
at number 4 of Amazing Facts about Floyd Mayweather, It was first declared by the ESPN on December 5, 2009, that Mayweather will fight against eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao on March 13, 2010. Few days later Pacquiao denied ever signing the contract while stating, “There are still some things that need to be negotiated.” An eight-page contract was sent to the Pacquiao’s promotion company Top Rank by Golden Boy Promotions on behalf of Mayweather on December 11, 2009, according to Yahoo! Sports. The agreement proposed a 50–50 financial split between both sides in the fight which is supposed to take place on March 13, 2010. After the cancellation of the agreement, Mayweather in an exclusive interview with David Mayo of The Grand Rapids Press on February 13, 2010 stated, “I gave him a chance, up to 14 days out. But my new terms are all the way up to the fight. They can come get us whenever, all the way up to the fight, random drug test. That’s what it is.”
3. Mayweather – Pacquiao Bout in MGM
Talking of Amazing Facts about Floyd Mayweather, The much awaited bout between Mayweather and Pacquiao is now officially less than a couple of months away and will be hosted by the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on 2nd May, 2015. Floyd Mayweather, who is the current world titles holder in 5 weight classes, will fight against legendary Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao who enjoys a celebrity status in his native country. The bout is expected to create the record for the highest grossing bout in history at nearly $400 million. The boxers have 60-40 money split agreement for the match where Mayweather will receive a 60% of the total income from the earning and Pacquiao will take home the rest 40%. The fight between this two legends was postponed many times in the past due to several issues from both the sides which include Pacquiao’s accusation on Mayweather’s use of PEDs.
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2. He Is Rich – Extremely Rich
Speaking of Amazing Facts about Floyd Mayweather, Floyd Mayweather is known for his seven-digit bets on several sporting events and is rumored to bet on the Miami Heat nearly $5.9 million last year. He spends millions of dollars on his collection of necklaces but sadly, necklaces worth nearly $7 million were once stolen from his house. The damage by the thief is nothing compared to his income as he is reported to earn nearly $90 million during this year alone. Floyd Mayweather holds the records for earning highest money in a single bout with his $41.5 million income in his fight against Saul Alvarez. He is currently tied up with Showtime promotions for a 30-month six-fight deal which is reported to pay him nearly $300 million. All of his money comes from his fights alone as he doesn’t have a single endorsement deal.
1. “I Have That Kind of Money Which a Bank Can’t Hold”
At number 1 OF Amazing Facts about Floyd Mayweather,Floyd Mayweather, unlike other superstar athletes, has a single bank account and has nearly $123 million in it. He is also noted for travelling with Ziploc bags full of hundred dollar bills and frequently transforming into a shopping spree. Mayweather wears a pair of shoes just once which he buys and leaves them for the hotel staff when he is done wearing the shoe once. He also has the same fascination for his boxers as he only wears a pair of boxers once and throws them out when he was done wearing it a single time. Floyd Mayweather is also known as a luxury car enthusiast and has two fleets of luxury cars. He has an all-white car fleet in his Miami house and all-black car fleet in his Las Vegas house. Mayweather also owns a G5 private jet but his bodyguards ride on a separate plane due to his worry about having too much weight in the Jet’s cabin.
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The match between Mayweather and Pacquiao is something that the world is waiting for. The build-up before the match has excited the boxing enthusiasts, because even before the two athletes met, there has been quite a bit of war between them, passing comments about each other, refusing to accept each other’s terms, etc. But, now that the match is finally happening, Team Mayweather is finally waiting to perform brilliantly and defeat Pacquiao.