Floyd Mayweather Jr.. biography
Floyd Mayweather Jr. was born on February 24, 1977, in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his father Floyd Sr., a welterweight competitor, introducing the young hopeful to the art of boxing with his first pair of boxing gloves at the age of 7.
Dubbed “Little Floyd” for his immense speed and strength at such a young age, Mayweather’s future in the ring began with constant training with his father and two uncles Jeff, a former super-featherweight champion, and Roger, a former super-lightweight champion.
Despite living in a violent home, Mayweather used the ring as his safe haven and in result won the National Golden Gloves in 1993, 1994 and 1996. He went on to take home the bronze medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games as well as the WBC junior lightweight championship that same year.
Mayweather’s career continued to soar with the 2001 WBC lightweight titles, the 2005 WBC the super lightweight title and two welterweight titles in 2006 prior to beating Oscar De La Hoya and taking the WBC super welterweight crown. Although he decided to announce his retirement a year later, he returned to win over Juan Manuel Marquez in 2009.
By 2010, Mayweather had an income of over $60 million and an inflated ego, which was further increased when he fought De La Hoya in the HBO documentary 24/7. A string of bad lifestyle choices soon followed with the respected champion being sentenced to 90 days in jail stemming from domestic violence charges in December 2011.
Mayweather again made headlines after beating Robert Guerrero in a 12-round stretch and winning the WBC welterweight title in May 2013.
Aside from boxing, Mayweather was cast in the TV series Dancing with the Stars (2007).
Did you know…
- He won a Bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics
- He made his professional debut in 1996
- He's a three-time Golden Gloves champion