Floyd Mayweather Jr is a former professional boxing champion and current boxing promoter. His longstanding fight career began in 1996 and officially ended in 2007, with two separate comebacks in 2009 to 2015, and then in 2017.
During his time as a boxer he won and retained multiple world titles in five individual weight classifications and reigned as the lineal champion in four of those divisions. Mayweather Jr is often cited as the greatest fighter in the modern generation owing to his undefeated career record of 50-0.
Many critics attribute Mayweather’s unparalleled winning streak to his evasive style of fighting and perfecting a defensive technique that few could emulate or penetrate in the ring.
Floyd Mayweather Jr Bio and Stats
- Weight class: Super featherweight, Lightweight, Light welterweight, Welterweight , Light middleweight
- Nationality / birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A.
- Fighting style: Defensive
- Age: February 24, 1977
- Height: 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
- Boxing debut: October 11, 1996, win over Roberto Apodaca
Mayweather Jr professional career achievements
Floyd Mayweather Jr has racked p an emphatic portfolio of awards and credentials during his 20-year stint as a fighter, more than most of his peers throughout any generation. Let’s start with his recognition from mainstream fighting publications: he was crowned the two-time winner of The Ring magazine’s Fighter of the Year award, a three-time winner of the Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year award, and a six-time winner of the Best Fighter ESPY Award.
Mayweather Jr’ most coveted accolade was bestowed on him in 2016 by ESPN who ranked him as the greatest pound-for-pound boxer within the last quarter of a decade. According to online boxing resource BoxRec, Mayweather Jr is both the number one fighter of all time and the greatest welterweight of all time. The former champion has also earned PFP kudos from other reputable sporting news and boxing websites, including The Ring, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, BoxRec, Fox Sports, and Yahoo! Sports.
Inside the ring Mayweather Jr accrued 26 consecutive wins in world title fights, 10 of which finished by KO; 23 wins in lineal title fights, nine of which ended by KO also; 24 victories over former or current world titlists with seven by KO; 12 wins over former or current lineal champions, three by KO; and two victories against International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees, one of those ending in a knockout.
Floyd Mayweather Jr’s net worth
With great achievements in boxing comes untapped wealth. As one of the most lucrative pay-per-view athletes on the planet, Mayweather Jr is said to have built up an estimated net worth of $1,000,000,000. Most notably, Forbes Magazine has cited Mayweather Jr as the highest-paid sporting personality in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. He built the latter half of his career around the concept of financial gains as a benchmark of success in boxing by changing his nickname from “Pretty Boy” to “Money.”
Career-defining moments: Mayweather Jr vs. Ricky Hatton
This super fight took place on December 8, 2007, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Mayweather Jr stood as favourite going into the contest with two belts on the line. Light-welterweight champion Hatton was undefeated at this point in his professional boxing career. The fight concluded by Mayweather Jr earning a KTO in round 10.
The champion set the pace early on by relentlessly jabbing at Hatton and exposing a questionable defensive plan. The British contender fought back by landing blows on Mayweather Jr in between short exchanges. As the fight progressed it was clear that Hatton was being outboxed at expressed his frustration to onlookers by sarcastically applauding the referee for repeatedly stepping in.
By the later rounds Mayweather Jr had taken full control over the pace of the fights and sensing exhaustion rising in his opponent, he piled on further pressure. Hatton was rocked by a left hook that sent his to the canvas in round 10. The punishment continued until referee Joe Cortez called the stoppage. Mayweather Jr had earned a well deserved victory.
Floyd Mayweather Jr Pro Boxing Record