Regarded as one of the best boxers in history, Floyd Mayweather has competed in multiple divisions, including Featherweight, Lightweight, Light welterweight, Welterweight, Light middleweight, and Super featherweight.
The American boxer was born in 1977 in Michigan. He grew up in Grand Rapids, MI and had boxing in his blood from the very beginning. Floyd’s father was a well-known contender in the welterweight division, and the boxing bloodlines didn’t end there. Floyd’s uncle, Jeff, was also a successful boxer, in fact, his uncle is a former IBO super featherweight champion and is considered one of the best boxers of his kind. Another one of Floyd’s uncles, Roger, was also into boxing. Roger is a former WBA champion in the super featherweight division, and is also a champion in the WBC super lightweight division.
There’s no doubt that Floyd was born to box, and he quickly rose to the ranks of his father and uncles. It didn’t take long for Floyd to begin expressing his interest in the sport, and he went on to soon win three national Golden Gloves. Floyd also earned an Olympic bronze medal before finally declaring that he wanted to become a professional boxer in 1996, just as he reached his twenties.
To this day, Floyd has proven himself as a successful boxer, and it shows in all of his fights. His success in boxing has continued to enhance since his teenage years, and the multiple-award winning boxing champion still shines today.
A lot of Floyd’s success can likely be considered a gift from his father, as Floyd has recalled many times accompanying his dad to the gym. Floyd’s father took him to the gym and practiced boxing with him since about the time he learned to walk, and Floyd has said in multiple interviews how thankful he is for his father’s commitment to the sport. The passion of Floyd’s father and uncles has clearly been passed down onto him, and he is still going strong as he reaches his late thirties.
Floyd was only seven years old when he got his first set of boxing gloves. He said that his father used to bring him to the gym and hold him up in front of the speed bags so he could practice. Floyd’s early training has obviously paid off too, and fans can see his dedication in every fight.
Floyd, or “Little Floyd” as he was known to differentiate him from his dad of the same name, quickly began making regular appearances at the local gym. Since his practice ring was just five doors away from his childhood home, Floyd was able to practice almost daily with his father.
It was early on that Floyd expressed to his father the fact that he wanted to follow in his footsteps and become a professional boxer. After winning multiple championships, Floyd officially started fighting and made boxing his full-time career.
Despite his dedication and passion to the sport, life at home was hard for Floyd. His father had a violent temper at times, and often got involved with drug dealing. He would drift in and out of various situations and was eventually shot in 1978. The bullet hit him in the leg as he was holding his son. It wasn’t until 1993 that he was sentenced to prison on the charge of cocaine trafficking. Floyd’s mother also experienced various issues relating to substance abuse.
But, despite the issues he experienced during his childhood, Floyd devoted much of his time to practicing and improving his performance. Floyd quickly found much-needed peace while practicing at in the ring, and the gym became one of his favorite spots. The 90s saw a series of awards for Floyd. While he got the nickname “Pretty Boy” due to the fact that his face was unmarked and flawless, he quickly discarded any misconceptions as he won the national Golden Gloves in 93, 94, and 96. He soon after won an Olympic bronze metal.
After his third Golden Glove, Floyd declared himself a professional boxer. His success streak in the 90s continued into the 200s as he continued to rack up titles at an astounding rate. After his father was released from prison, he serves as both Floyd’s manager and trainer.
In the 2000s, Floyd earned many fans as multiple sports magazines dubbed him one of the best American fighters in history. He went on a seven-year-long stretch that led him to moving up in the weight classes a total of four times. In 2002, he took home the title of WBC lightweight champion, and over the next decade he would win many more titles in multiple divisions.
To this day, Floyd is considered one of the best fighters in the ring, and it doesn’t look like he’ll stop anytime soon.