Floyd Mayweather is considered one of the greatest and the number one boxer when it comes to pound for pound rankings. Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Floyd Mayweather was born into a boxing family. His father, Floyd Sr. was a former welterweight contender who fought Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard, and his uncles, Roger and Jeff, were also pro fighters.
Floyd Mayweather started boxing at the age of seven. He would go on to compile an 84-6 amateur record while winning three Michigan Golden Gloves titles, three National Golden Gloves titles, PAL and National Championships, and an Olympic Bronze medal.
He has not lost since.
Floyd Mayweather – Turning Pro
Floyd Mayweather Turned pro in the super featherweight division on October 11, 1996 when he defeated Roberto Apodaca in two rounds. After one more win in 1996, Floyd Mayweather went 10-0 with 9 knockouts in 1997, and added five more wins in the first half of 1998. Boxing fans were eager to see the talented Mayweather in with the elite at 130 pounds. On October 3, 1998, the fans got their chance when Floyd Mayweather beat Genaro Hernandez for ‘Chicanito’s WBC world championship.
Any great champion will tell you that winning a title is one thing and defending it is another. Floyd Mayweather, despite his physical gifts, showed his desire for greatness by outworking his opponents in the gym and gaining a reputation as one of the hardest workers in the sport of boxing.
The work paid off as Floyd Mayweather defended his super featherweight title eight times from 1998 to 2001. He defeated Angel Manfredy, Carlos Rios, Justin Juuko, Carlos Gerena, Gregorio Vargas, Diego Corrales, Carlos Hernandez, and Jesus Chavez.
With the 130 pound division cleaned out, Mayweather sought new challenges at 135 pounds. He got a WBC lightweight championship match against Mexico’s Jose Luis Castillo on April 20, 2002. After 12 hard-fought rounds, Floyd Mayweather won his second world crown.
Boxing fans wanted a rematch though, and Floyd answered their call in his very next fight less than eight months later, he repeated his 12 round decision win over Castillo. Floyd Mayweather went on to defend the lightweight title twice more, over Victoriano Sosa and Phillip N’dou, before moving to the 140 pound division.
At 140 pounds, Floyd Mayweather immediately made his presence known with a dominating 12 round decision win over former world champion DeMarcus Corley on May 22, 2004. After an eighth round win over Henry Bruseles, Mayweather made his debut as a pay-per-view headliner on June 25, 2005, and he easy beat Arturo Gatti in six rounds to win the WBC 140-pound championship.
Floyd Mayweather didn’t spend much time as a junior welterweight. He immediately jumped up to the welterweight division to take on the best in yet another weight class. Floyd Mayweather started his 147 pound campaign with a 6th round TKO of former world champion Sharmba Mitchell. On April 8, 2006, Mayweather would face former friend Zab Judah in a highly-anticipated match where he cruised to an easy 12 round decision win to win the IBF welterweight title. Floyd Mayweather finished off the 2006 campaign with a 12 round win over Carlos Baldomir to add the WBC welterweight crown to his name.
Floyd Mayweather – New Challenges
On May 5, 2007, Floyd Mayweather, now recognized as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, faced Oscar De La Hoya in a light middleweight bout. He reached the pinnacle of his career with a split decision victory, a fight that broke all-time pay-per-view and gate records. Later in the year, Mayweather returned to the welterweight division and knocked out the previously undefeated Ricky Hatton in the 10th round.
Following 16th months away from the ring, Mayweather won a controversial fight against a young Victor Ortiz. Now boxing fans are awaiting a Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquaio fight.
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