Floyd Mayweather Jr record: Early life, career and controversies of boxing superstar

Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr. (born Floyd Joy Sinclair on February 24, 1977) is a former professional boxer and promoter in the United States. He fought from 1996 to 2015, with a one-fight comeback in 2017.

He won fifteen major world championships from super featherweight to light-middleweight during his career, including the Ring magazine title in five weight classes, the lineal championship in four weight classes (twice at welterweight), and retired undefeated.

Source: World Boxing News.

Mayweather won a bronze medal in the featherweight division at the 1996 Olympics, three US Golden Gloves championships (at light flyweight, flyweight, and featherweight), and the US national featherweight championship as an amateur.

The Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) named Mayweather “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2010s. He is also a two-time winner of The Ring magazine’s Fighter of the Year award (1998 and 2007), a three-time winner of the BWAA Fighter of the Year award (2007, 2013, and 2015), and a six-time winner of the Best Fighter ESPY Award (2007–2010, 2012–2014).

In 2016, ESPN ranked Mayweather as the finest boxer of the last 25 years, pound for pound. BoxRec ranks him as the greatest boxer of all time, pound for pound, as of May 2021.

Mayweather is one of the most profitable pay-per-view attractions in the history of any sport. He topped the Forbes and Sports Illustrated lists of the 50 highest-paid athletes in 2012 and 2013, then topped the Forbes list again in 2014 and 2015, making him the world’s highest-paid athlete.

Early life

Source: Childhood biography.

Floyd Joy Sinclair was born on February 24, 1977, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, into a boxing family.  Floyd Mayweather Sr., his father, is a former welterweight contender who fought Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard.

His uncles, Jeff and the late Roger Mayweather, were both professional boxers, with the latter—former Floyd’s trainer—winning two world titles and facing Hall of Famers Julio César Chávez, Pernell Whitaker, and Kostya Tszyu.

Mayweather was born with his mother’s surname, but his surname was soon changed to Mayweather. His maternal grandparents was born in the Jamaican city of Kingston. Before quitting out, he attended Ottawa Hills High School.

Early career

Mayweather has an amateur record of 84–8 and won national Golden Gloves championships in 1993 (at 106 lb), 1994 (at 114 lb), and 1996. (at 125 lb). His amateur teammates dubbed him “Pretty Boy” because he had minimal scars as a consequence of defensive skills taught to him by his father and uncle (Roger Mayweather).


1996 Olympics

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In the first fight, Mayweather led Bakhtiyar Tileganov of Kazakhstan 10–1 on points before the fight was stopped. In the second fight, Mayweather defeated Armenian Artur Gevorgyan 16–3.

In the quarterfinals, Mayweather, 19, narrowly overcame 22-year-old Lorenzo Aragon of Cuba, 12–11, becoming the first American boxer to defeat a Cuban in 20 years.

The previous time this happened was at the 1976 Summer Olympics, when the United States Olympic boxing team won five gold medals.

Professional boxing career

Super featherweight

On October 11, 1996, Mayweather won his first professional fight, knocking out fellow newbie Roberto Apodaca in Round 2. At the time, Mayweather’s trainer was his uncle, Roger Mayweather; his father was still imprisoned following his conviction for illicit narcotics trafficking in 1993.

When he was freed from prison (after Mayweather Jr.’s 14th fight, a second-round knockout of Sam Girard), the latter took over as his son’s trainer. [46] Mayweather won the majority of his contests by knockout or TKO between 1996 and early 1998.

Mayweather vs. Hernandez

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Mayweather won his first world title (the WBC super featherweight (130 lb) championship) in 1998, just two years after turning professional, with an eighth-round technical knockout of The Ring world #1-ranked super featherweight Genaro Hernández when his opponent’s cornerman stopped the fight. Mayweather became the first U.S. Olympian since 1996 to win a world title.

Mayweather vs. Corrales

Source: The Ring Magazine.

Mayweather faced the hard-hitting former IBF super-featherweight champion Diego Corrales (33–0, 27 KOs) in one of his most decisive and memorable battles.

Mayweather and Corrales were both undefeated coming into the fight, and neither had ever been knocked down. Mayweather was the world’s #2-ranked super featherweight (and #7 pound-for-pound), while Corrales was the world’s #1-ranked super featherweight and #5 pound-for-pound.

Mayweather won every round, knocking Corrales down five times (three times in round 7 and twice in round 10). Corrales’ cornermen climbed onto the apron and stopped the fight after the fifth knockdown, establishing Mayweather as a claimant to boxing’s mythical pound-for-pound crown.

Mayweather vs. Castillo I

Source: World boxing News.

Mayweather faced World Boxing Council (WBC) champion and The Ring #1-ranked lightweight José Luis Castillo in his first bout as a lightweight. Both combatants have officially reached the 135-pound lightweight limit.

He defeated Castillo in a 12-round unanimous decision at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in front of 6,920 people, winning the WBC, vacant The Ring, and lineal lightweight belts. Mayweather became the first lineal lightweight champion since Pernell Whitaker with his victory.

Mayweather vs. Castillo II

Because of the closeness of their first fight, Mayweather agreed to a rematch with José Luis Castillo on December 7, 2002. Mayweather stated again before the rematch that he had injured his left rotator cuff two days before the first bout and was unable to fire a jab or a left hook.

He had surgery after the contentious Castillo ruling, and he said his shoulder was totally healed. On the night of the bout, the smaller Mayweather was outweighed by Castillo, who weighed 147 pounds to Mayweather’s 138. Mayweather used his footwork, combinations, and jab to earn another majority decision in the rematch.

Arturo Gatti vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Source: BoxRec.

Mayweather dominated Gatti over six rounds in his Pay Per View debut. As Gatti bent forward late in the first round, Mayweather leaned on him and the referee said, “Stop striking.”

Mayweather continued to punch, and Gatti complained to the referee. Mayweather unleashed a left hook with Gatti’s attention shifted to the referee, sending him into the ropes and on his knee. Despite the fact that he had violated his instruction, the referee counted the knockdown.

Gatti’s fortunes would only worsen as Mayweather continued to stun him with his quickness and hand speed, landing combinations at will.

Gatti’s trainer and cornerman Buddy McGirt stopped the fight after the sixth round, giving Mayweather an automatic technical knockout victory after losing all six rounds on the scorecards and landing only 41 total punches to Mayweather’s 168.

Floyd Mayweather vs. Zab Judah

Source: Twitter.

On April 8, 2006, Mayweather won a unanimous decision over Zab Judah for the IBF welterweight title. Judah’s plans for the fight were compromised after he lost the WBA, WBC, and The Ring Welterweight titles to Carlos Baldomir on January 7, 2006.

As per records, Mayweather fought 50 fights losing none. The boxer won 27 fights via knockout while the rest 23 via decision.

Given below are the world titles the boxer have won:

  1. WBC super featherweight champion (130 lbs)
  2. WBC lightweight champion (135 lbs)
  3. WBC super lightweight champion (140 lbs)
  4. IBF welterweight champion (147 lbs)
  5. WBC welterweight champion (147 lbs) (2×)
  6. WBA (Super) welterweight champion (147 lbs)
  7. WBO welterweight champion (147 lbs)
  8. WBC light middleweight champion (154 lbs) (2×)
  9. WBA (Super) light middleweight champion (154 lbs)

Honorary titles:

  1. WBC All Africa champion
  2. WBC Emeritus light middleweight champion
  3. WBC Diamond light middleweight champion
  4. WBC 24K Gold champion
  5. WBC Supreme champion
  6. WBC Emerald champion
  7. WBA Man of Triumph Gold champion
  8. WBC Money champion

The Ring magazine titles

  1. The Ring lightweight champion (135 lbs)
  2. The Ring welterweight champion (147 lbs) (2×)
  3. The Ring light middleweight champion (154 lbs)

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