Floyd Mayweather has joined the billionaire’s club, just after knocking out Conor McGregor. The youngest man in the sport and retired boxing legend has just made it to history as the first man in the history of the sport: boxing to earn more than $1 billion in career earnings. Mayweather, or Money as he likes to call himself has kept a clean sheet of 50-0 winnings.
|Net Worth||$750 Million|
|24 February 1977 (Age 41 Years)|
|Profession||American professional boxing promoter and |
Floyd Joy Sinclair, now known as Floyd Mayweather Jr. was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His father is Floyd senior and his mum was Deborah Sinclair. His father, being a welterweight contender introduced Floyd Jr. to the gym at an early age, Floyd got his first boxing glove when he was only seven years old. Floyd came from a bloodline of boxers, as his uncle, Roger Mayweather was a WBA champion and another uncle, Jeff Mayweather was an IBO champion and then his father. Floyd went to Ottawa High School, though he eventually dropped out.
Having a father in boxing played a major role in shaping Floyd’s pathway as this made boxing an integral part of him from a very young age. After he dropped out of high school, Floyd decided to focus completely on boxing to earn a living. Starting as an Amateur boxer, he had a few scars on the face, due to his defensive skill and control in the ring. Mayweather was nicknamed ‘Pretty Boy’ by his amateur teammates. He won the national Golden Gloves due to his amateur record of 84-8 in 1993, 1994 and 1996. He won a bronze in 1996, when he reached the semi-finals.
However, in October 1996, he became a professional, with his father, Floyd Sr. as his trainer and manager. He made history in 1998 by winning the WBC light featherweight championship, which was his first world title. Floyd’s career kicked up a notch in 2000’s, as he had a lot of contests and became a hot topic to his fans a great sportsman of all time. Floyd won the the WBC lightweight championship title and also moved up four times on his weight class title. He has managed to win other titles since then, including, 2005 WBC super lightwight, Welterweights titles in 2006, and the crown of WBC Super Welterweight in 2007.
Floyd became the 3rd well paid American athlete in 2010, with an approximated income of $60 million that year. He appeared on ‘dancing with the stars’ in 2007 as a contestant and also took part in a 24/7 HBO documentary. He retired later that year but made a comeback in September 2009, He raked in around $60 million after winning a contest against Juan Manuel Marquez. Floyd took another Welterweight title in 2013, in a 12 round bout against Robert Guerrero.
In a match that was dubbed the “fight of the century”, he boxed with Manny Pacquiao, an eight-division winner in 2015, May had a unanimous win against the champion, thus maintaining his record to 49-0. in August 2017. He emerged winner against a UFC champion, Connor McGregor, in a 10-round bout dubbed “The biggest fight in Combat Sports History”, thereby keeping a clean sheet of 50 matches unbeaten.
Floyd Mayweather’s net worth in 2016, according to Forbes, was $340 million. However, as of 2019, his net worth is $750 million, this increase was as a result of “The Money Fight” bout between him and McGregor. He has been named the highest paid athlete and the richest boxing athlete. The Money fight outcome was his ticket to the billionaire athletes club. Mayweather has already earned over $1 billion in his career as a boxer.
The two most high profiled fights were his fight against Manny Pacquiao which earned him $240 million in just one night and his fight against McGregor, where he earned $300 million, in 2015 and 2017 respectively.
His fight against Manny Pacquiao in May 2015, grossed over $600 million and was the highest grossing, single-day sporting event ever. He made $100 million just for showing up in his fight against McGregor and another $150 million to $200 million from Pay-Per-View.
Other high-profile fights that have made him fortunes are his fight against Andre Berto in 2015, where he earned $32 miliion , his fight against Maidana II, earning him $32 million, among others.
Floyd has seven girlfriends, this he revealed in a bizarre interview with a puppet in his Las Vegas Strip Club. Although, he has never been married, he has four children from two different women. He has two sons and a daugther with Josie Harris and another daugther with Melissa Brim.