Floyd Mayweather. Source: ETHAN MILLER/GETTY IMAGES
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 25: Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at T-Mobile Arena on August 25, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather will meet UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in a super welterweight boxing match at T-Mobile Arena on August 26. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a former professional boxer and professional boxing promoter from the United States.

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Early life

Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr. was born on February 24, 1977, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, into a boxing family. Floyd Mayweather Sr., his father, is a former welterweight contender. Before dropping out, he attended Ottawa Hills High School.

Mayweather lived in New Brunswick, New Jersey’s Hiram Square neighbourhood during the 1980s. When Mayweather was a kid, he’d come home from school to find used heroin needles in his front yard. His mother was addicted to drugs. Mayweather claims that he did not have a good relationship with his father and had to take care of himself and his mother.

Career overview

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Mayweather 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.

Mayweather had an amateur record of 84–8 and won national Golden Gloves titles in 1993 (at 106 lb), 1994 (at 114 lb), and 1996 (at 114 lb) (at 125 lb). Mayweather won a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta after reaching the semi-finals of the featherweight (57-kg) division.

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 greatest boxer of the last 25 years, pound for pound. BoxRec ranked him as the greatest boxer of all time, pound for pound, as of May 2021. Many sports news and boxing websites, including The Ring, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, BoxRec, Fox Sports, and Yahoo! Sports, named Mayweather the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world twice in a ten-year span.

Mayweather is widely regarded as the greatest defensive boxer in history, as well as the most accurate puncher since the invention of CompuBox, with the highest plus–minus ratio in boxing history.

Mayweather has a record of 26 consecutive world title wins (10 by KO), 23 consecutive lineal title wins (9 KOs), 24 wins (7 KOs) against former or current world title holders, 12 wins (3 KOs) against former or current lineal champions, and 4 wins (1 KO) against International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees. In the class of 2021, Mayweather was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

After leaving Bob Arum’s Top Rank, he founded his own boxing promotion company, Mayweather Promotions, in 2006. Throughout his career, Mayweather has generated approximately 24 million PPV buys and $1.67 billion in revenue, surpassing former top PPV attractions such as Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Oscar De La Hoya, and Manny Pacquiao.

Records

Professional record summary

50 fights50 wins0 losses
By knockout270
By decision230

Personal life

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Mayweather is the father of four biological children and one adopted child. He has three children from his marriage to former reality star Josie Harris and one child from his marriage to television star Melissa Brim.

Mayweather owns the “Mayweather Boxing Club,” which is located in Las Vegas’ Chinatown Plaza. Mayweather lives in a 22,000-square-foot (2,000 m2) custom-built five-bedroom, seven-bathroom mansion in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Full NameFloyd Joy Mayweather Jr.
Commonly known asFloyd Mayweather
Date Of BirthFebruary 24, 1977
Age44 years old
Height
5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight154 lbs
GirlfriendGallienne Nabila
ChildrenIyanna Mayweather, Devion Cromwell, Koraun Mayweather, Jirah Mayweather, Zion Shamaree Mayweather
Net Worth$600 million as of June 2021

Controversies

Domestic violence and battery convictions

Mayweather was arrested in 2002 and charged with two counts of domestic violence and one count of misdemeanour battery. He received a six-month suspended sentence, two days of house arrest, and 48 hours of community service.

On September 9, 2010, it was reported that Mayweather was being sought by police for questioning following the filing of a domestic battery report against him by his former girlfriend, Josie Harris. Harris had previously accused Mayweather of battery, but the charges were dropped in July 2005 after Harris testified that she had lied and that Mayweather had not battered her.

On September 16, two felony coercion charges, one felony robbery charge, one misdemeanour domestic-battery charge, and three misdemeanour harassment charges were added to Mayweather’s felony theft charge (resulting from the disappearance of Harris’s mobile phone).

Mayweather was sentenced to 90 days in county jail on December 21, 2011, for battery on Harris in September 2010. Mayweather reached an agreement with prosecutors in which he pleaded guilty to misdemeanour battery in exchange for the felony battery charge being dropped.

In addition to the 90-day sentence, Mayweather was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service, participate in a 12-month domestic-violence programme, and pay a $2,500 fine.

Defamation Case

Following his fight with Pacquiao, Josie Harris sued Mayweather for $20 million in defamation in May 2015, claiming that Mayweather lied during an interview with Katie Couric in April. During that interview, he referred to her as a drug addict while discussing the 2010 domestic-violence incident that resulted in Mayweather being imprisoned for two months.

WBO welterweight title

On Monday, July 6, 2015, Mayweather was stripped of his WBO Welterweight Champion (147 lbs) title for failing to follow the organization’s rules. Mayweather won the WBO Welterweight title by defeating Manny Pacquiao on May 2.

However, according to WBO rules, boxers cannot hold world titles in more than one weight class, and Mayweather already held two junior middleweight championship titles when he won the welterweight title.

Mayweather had until July 3 at 4:30 p.m. EST to vacate the other two belts and pay a $200,000 sanctioning fee. He did not comply, and on July 6, 2015, the WBO vacated the title.

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