Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr. was born Floyd Joy Sinclair on February 24, 1977, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, into a family of boxers. His father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., was a former welterweight contender who fought Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard. His uncles Jeff and Roger Mayweather were professional boxers, with the latter—Floyd’s former trainer—winning two world championships, as well as fighting Hall of Famers Julio César Chávez, Pernell Whitaker, and Kostya Tszyu. Mayweather was born with his mother’s last name,but his last name would change to Mayweather shortly thereafter. He attended Ottawa Hills High School before dropping out.
Boxing has been a part of Mayweather’s life since his childhood and he never seriously considered any other profession. “I think my grandmother saw my potential first,” he said. “When I was young, I told her, ‘I think I should get a job.’ She said, ‘No, just keep boxing.During the 1980s, Mayweather lived in the Hiram Square neighborhood of New Brunswick, New Jersey, where his mother had relatives.He later said, “When I was about eight or nine, I lived in New Jersey with my mother and we were seven deep in
one bedroom and sometimes we didn’t have electricity. When people see what I have now, they have no idea of where I came from and how I didn’t have anything growing up.”
It was common for the young Mayweather to come home from school and find used heroin needles in his front yard.His mother was addicted to drugs, and he had an aunt who died from AIDS because of her drug use. “People don’t know the hell I’ve been through,” he says. The most time that his father spent with him was taking him to the gym to train and work on his boxing, according to Mayweather. “I don’t remember him ever taking me anywhere or doing anything that a father would do with a son, going to the
park or to the movies or to get ice cream,” he says. “I always thought that he liked his daughter (Floyd’s older sister) better than he liked me because she never got whippings and I got whippings all the time.”
Mayweather’s father contends that Floyd is not telling the truth about their early relationship. “Even though his daddy did sell drugs, I didn’t deprive my son,” the elder Mayweather says. “The drugs I sold, he was a part of it. He had plenty of food. He had the best clothes and I gave him money. He didn’t want for anything. Anybody in Grand Rapids can tell you that I took care of my kids”.Floyd Sr. says he did all of his hustling at night and spent his days with his son, taking him to the gym and training him to be a boxer. “If it wasn’t for me he wouldn’t be where he is today,” he maintains.
“I basically raised myself,” Mayweather says. “My grandmother did what she could. When she got mad at me I’d go to my mom’s house. My life was ups and downs.” His father says he knows how much pain his incarceration caused his son, but insists he did the best he could. “I sent him to live with his grandmother,” he says. “It wasn’t like I left him with strangers.” In the absence of his father, boxing became an outlet for Mayweather.As the elder Mayweather served his time, his son put all of his energy into boxing and dropped out of high school. “I knew that I was going to have to try to take care of my mom and I made the decision that school wasn’t that important at the time and I was going to have to box to earn a living,”.
Mayweather is one of the most lucrative pay-per-view attractions of all time, in any sport. He topped the Forbes and Sports Illustrated lists of the 50 highest-paid athletes of 2012 and 2013, and the Forbes list again in both 2014 and 2015,listing him as the highest paid athlete in the world.He is often referred to as the best defensive boxer in history, as well as being the most accurate puncher.
“My goal has always been to be one of the best fighters who ever lived “My goal has always been to be one of the best fighters who ever lived,”.”My career and legacy are very important to me.”
He competed from 1996 to 2007 and 2009 to 2015, and made a one-fight comeback in 2017. During his career, he held multiple world titles in five weight classes and the lineal championship in four weight classes (twice at welterweight), and retired with an undefeated record of 50–0.
Mayweather won a bronze medal in the featherweight division at the 1996 Olympics, three U.S. Golden Gloves championships (at light flyweight, flyweight, and featherweight), and the U.S. national championship at featherweight.
Mayweather is a two-time winner of The Ring magazine’s Fighter of the Year award (1998 and 2007), a three-time winner of the Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year award (2007, 2013, and 2015), and a six-time winner of the Best Fighter ESPY Award (2007–2010, 2012–2014).In 2016, Mayweather was ranked by ESPN as the greatest boxer, pound for pound, of the last 25 years.He remains BoxRec’s number one fighter of all time, pound for pound, as well as the greatest welterweight of all time.
He’s brash, he’s cocky, he’s confident and he’s still undefeated. One of the best defensive fighters of all time is never short of words but he’s always backed up his trash talking. Here are the greatest Floyd Mayweather Jr quotes.
1. Hard work, dedication.
2. All work is easy work.
3. Showing is better than telling.
4. There’s no blueprint on how to beat me.
5. I’m the best at talking trash I’m also the best at going out there and backing it up.
6. If you’re the best then take the test. – On the subject of random testing for
Performance Enhancing Drugs.
7. It’s about having personality…it’s not about being the bad guy, it’s about
8. Some pay to see me win, some pay to see me lose, but they all pay.
9. It’s protect yourself at all times. – After his conversational victory over Victor Ortiz.
10. I don’t feel that no fighter has the mental or physical agility to match Floyd Mayweather.
11. When it’s all said & done only God can judge me. I’m going to go out there on 5/5 to give my fans what they want to see.
12. I don’t have to run from none of these fighters. If I want to keep my defense tight and break em’ down I can.”
13. Cotto is a talented fighter but I’m God gifted.
14. No athlete works harder than Floyd Mayweather.”
15. It’s the hurt business, it’s boxing. We’re there to get it in.
16. Shit happens in the sport of boxing. You wanted to see a KO, that’s what I
gave you.” – On his ‘cheap shot’ on Victor Ortiz.
17. Of course, we all know what UFC stands for – Undefeated Floyd’s Champion”
18. The ultimate goal is to always break records.
19. There are all these athletes out there cheating. I am clean and pure.
20. I want to be able to separate the average from the good and from the great. I want to separate the ordinary from the extraordinary.
21. I’m not in this sport to see how hard I can get hit or to see how many big punches I can take. I am in this game to fight as long as I can. I am trying to dish a lot of punishment.
22. The sport needs the cash cow back. – Talking about his comeback.
23. Once again we’re talking to Brian Kenny, a man of many traits, a master of nothing.
24.I don’t have to wait for nobody, I move when I wanna move.
25. Bob arum is Manny Pacquiao’s boss, Floyd Mayweather is his own boss.
26. Once I beat a guy, mentally and physically, he’s never the same.
27. I’m running my mouth a lot and I’m looking for a guy to shut me up. If you don’t shut me up I’m going to keep running my mouth.
28. I don’t fight for bragging rights. I’ve proved myself.
29. A belt don’t make me.
30. I don’t fold under pressure, great athletes perform better under pressure, so put pressure on me.
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