Floyd Mayweather is an American professional boxer who was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on February 24, 1977. The 5 ft. 8 inches high boxer has already won eight world titles and has earned a net worth of $170 million. He is one of the few people who have yet to taste defeat as a professional, so it can be said that he is a legend in the making with 45 out of 45 won for him, 26 of which have come in the form of knock-outs. Forbes has ranked him the highest paid athlete in the world for the past two years.
Mayweathers have always been a boxing family, with many professional boxers adorning the ring with the same name, but it’s Floyd who has left the biggest mark in the ring, currently being rated the best boxer in his category by most of the experts. His first recognition as an amateur came in 1993 when he won the National Golden Gloves competition and followed it up with two more in the next three years. His first Olympics in 1996 in the featherweight category saw him win a bronze medal thanks to his appearance in the semi-finals of the competition.
His professional career began in the year 1996 when he fought Roberto Apodaca and knocked him out in the second round, which would be a template for most of his fights for the next couple of years. His first world title came within those two years when he won the WBC Super Featherweight category title by beating Genaro Hernandez. He has since won 8 world titles in total, and continues to dominate the ring. His payments for a single fight now range anywhere between 40 to 80 million dollars which is a huge amount of money.
Some of Mayweather’s most important titles include the WBA Light Middleweight Champions, the WBC welterweight champion, the WBC Light Middleweight Champion, the WBC Welterweight Champion, the IBF Welterweight Champion, the Lineal Super Featherweight Champion and three other The Ring titles. His most popular fights have been against the likes of Saul Alvarez whom he fought on September 14, 2013. Besides he also fought Robert Guerrero, Miguel Cotto and Victor Ortiz in his most recent outings in the rings. His most popular pay per view fight remains his last fight, with the moniker The One.
In the recent years, he has made a showman out of himself with appearances ranging from boxing matches, advertisements to global events like the WWE Wrestlemania, where he defeated Big Show. He has also appeared on the popular television show Dancing with the Stars and video games like Fight Night Round 2.
Currently the number one boxer pound-for-pound according to The Ring has made himself a huge fortune and is currently the highest paid athlete. And remaining unbeaten only helps him further with a total career earnings at $340 million. He will certainly go down the line as one of the greatest boxers of all time, but history is still in the making and he has a chance to reach the summit that no one has conquered yet.