Floyd Joy Sinclair, better known as Floyd Mayweather Jr. is an American professional boxer recognized because his great boxing career and as of today, he is still undefeated. Floyd is 1.73 meters and has participated in divisions such as Welterweight, Featherweight, Lightweight, Super-lightweight, and Super-featherweight.
Mayweather was born on February 24, 1977, in Grand Rapids, Michigan (United States). He is also the son of former boxer Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Deborah Sinclair. He is also recognized for having been world champion in five different categories: super featherweight, lightweight, super lightweight, welterweight and super welterweight.
He managed to have a record of 84-6 during his amateur career. Among his greatest achievements was the Amateur Championship of the United States of 1995, being the runner-up in the Olympic Games in Atlanta 1996 and obtaining the Golden Gloves Championship in the years of 1993-1994-1996.
On October 11, 1996, Floyd Mayweather debuted as a professional, beating Roberto Apodaca by K.O. in two rounds. In addition, around 1998, his record was of 17-0-0, of which he obtained 13 knockouts.
“If you put yourself in hard work, you get great results. Once I get into the ring, I have great results.” Floyd Mayweather
On October 3, 1998, Floyd Mayweather faced Genaro Hernandez (champion at the time), in search of the WBC Superplug World Title, the fight was held at Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada. Throughout the fight, Mayweather dominated his opponent and before starting the ninth round, the corner of Hernandez did not stop the boxer and managed to win by KO in the eighth round, getting the world title Superblume CMB. Also, he was the first Olympic medalist to win a world title. That title defended him for 8 more opportunities until he changed category.
Floyd Mayweather started a new stage in his career with the Lightweight division in search of the world crown and for that, he faced José Luis Castillo. The fight took place at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas Nevada, on April 20, 2002. It was a 12 round bout and it was decided by unanimous decision, where Floyd achieved victory.
On December 7, 2002, Floyd Mayweather faced Jose Luis Castillo for the second time. The fight was at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada. After finishing the 12 rounds, according to the unanimous decision score, the winner was Floyd Mayweather Jr.
After winning a new title, he defended the Light World Title three more times and then leaving the title vacant to change the division.
On May 22, 2004, Floyd Mayweather faced DeMarcus Corley at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey. The fight was an eliminator to get a challenger to the WBC Super Lightweight World Title. Mayweather knocked down Corley in the 8th and 10th round, managing to win by unanimous decision.
On January 22, 2005, he had a fight at American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, (US), facing Henry Bruseles, and beating him by KO in the eighth round.
On June 25, 2005, he faced the Canadian Arturo Gatti WBC Super Lightweight World Champion, the fight was held at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey. Again, Floyd won the WBC Super Lightweight World Title by K.O. in six rounds.
On April 8, 2006, he faced Zab Judah for the Welter World Title of the International Boxing Federation. The fight was at the Thomas & Mack Center. After overtaking Judah during the fight, in the tenth round, this one gave a ferocious and illegal low blow to Floyd, reason why the referee had to separate them; however, the coaches intervened aggressively, at the same time, the police and the security of the stadium entered the ring forming a violent fight between both corners by means of fist punches, until Zab Judah got involved; until the police managed to stop the fight. A few minutes later, the official fight returned to its course, the fight ended in round 12, whereby a unanimous decision they determined that the winner and new IBF Welter World Champion was Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“If they want to fight with me, they have to win it.” Floyd Mayweather Jr.
On November 4, 2006, Floyd Mayweather faced the Champion Carlos Baldomir. The fight took place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, where finally, by unanimous decision, Floyd took the title in the Superwelter WBC category.
On May 5, 2007, at the MGM Grand, Nevada, United States, Mayweather faced Oscar De La Hoya for the World Title Superwelter WBC. The fight ended in the 12 rounds, determining as the winner by split decision and new World Champion in that category to Floyd Mayweather Jr.
On December 8, 2007, again at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, Floyd Mayweather returned to the Welter category by showing his WBC Welter World Title against Englishman Ricky Hatton. Starting the third round, Floyd with a right-hand cause a cut over Hatton’s right eye; finally, from the corner of the English they threw in the towel and Mayweather Jr. won by K.O. in the 10th round. That same year, he received the ESPY Award, for the best fighter.
After a long retirement, Mayweather announced his return to the ring on July 18, 2009, at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, where he would face Juan Manuel Marquez world champion in three divisions. The fight was held on September 19, 2009, wherein 12 rounds, Floyd managed to emerge victoriously. In the month of June 2012, he was sentenced to serve a three-month sentence at the Clark County Detention Center, Nevada for assaulting his ex-wife.
His career continued to bear fruit, as he remained unbeaten with a professional record of 49 fights, 49 wins (26 by knockout and 23 by decision).
“They can have a heart, they can hit harder and they can be stronger, but there is not a fighter more intelligent than me”
On August 26, 2017, in Las Vegas, the fight between the Irishman Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather was scheduled. The president of the World Boxing Council (WBC), the Mexican Mauricio Sulaiman, declared the fight as “the fight for the money”. According to estimates about the prizes, Mayweather would receive 300 million dollars and 100 million Conor, which would be the most lucrative combat in history.