2020-10-23

Some interesting facts about Floyd Mayweather

? Forbes has listed him as the highest-paid athlete in the world for the past two years. ? In 2014, Mayweather Jr. earned a whopping $105 million.

? His 2007 fight with Oscar De La Hoya generated $136 million revenue from 2.48 million pay-per-view buys.

? He was eliminated from ABC’s Dancing with the Stars after his Paso Doble routine failed to impress the judges. His partner on the show was professional dancer Karina Smirnoff.

? The last time Mayweather Jr. tasted defeat was in the 1996 Olympic semifinals, when he lost to Bulgaria’s Serafim Todorov.

? Mayweather Jr. has already retired once, in 2007, but made a comeback in September 2009.

? His father, Floyd Mayweather Sr. was originally his trainer and manager, but was fired from both roles. In 2013, he was rehired as his trainer.

? He likes home advantage: Mayweather hasn’t fought outside of the town he calls home—Las Vegas—since 2005.

? When he travels, he charters a separate jet for his bodyguards to keep the weight in his Gulfstream V down.

? He refuses to wear a pair of underwear more than once.

? He appeared as himself in the 2014 comedy film Think Like a Man Too.

? In 2014, a rapper offered to donate $750,000 to charity if Mayweather Jr. could read a page aloud from a Harry Potter book.

? His birth name is Floyd Joy Sinclair. He is said to be an avid watch collector with timepieces reportedly worth upwards of $6 million.

? He was the National Golden Gloves champion in 1993, 1994 and 1996.

? Mayweather Jr. has only been knocked down once in a competitive fight, by Carlos Hernandez. Mayweather claims it wasn’t a knockdown at all: he went down in pain after breaking his own hand.

? In March 2015, Mayweather Jr.’s team denied reports that sparring partner Zab Judah had knocked him down (some reports suggested Judah had knocked him out) in a training bout.

? His company, Mayweather Promotions, has a stable of 12 fighters across six weight divisions.

? His personal chef Quiana Jeffries got hired when Mayweather Jr’s assistants found her food pictures on Instagram.

? The ace boxer has donated generously (and continues to) help families build homes in the Decatur district of Las Vegas.

? During his teens, he used to go to the Golden Gloves gym to watch Mike Tyson prepare for his fights.

? His bodyguards are over 7 feet tall and are called “The Great Wall.” They wear T-shirts reading TMT (for The Money Team) and have nicknames — Big Church, Big A, Big Pat and Jethro.

? Mayweather Jr. grew up in poverty, sharing a bedroom with four siblings in Grand Rapids, Mich.

? He was always regarded as the next Sugar Ray Leonard since a very young age. However, Mayweather Jr. has referred to the ring legend as “someone I would have beaten up”.