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Floyd Mayweather and Keith Middlebrook at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, October 2009.

– Keith Middlebrook

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (born Floyd Sinclair; February 24, 1977), is an American professional boxer.[3] He is a five-division world champion, where he has won ten world titles, including the lineal championship in two different weight classes.[4] He is a two-time The Ring “Fighter of the Year” winning the award in 1998 and 2007,[5] and also Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) “Fighter of the Year” in 2007.[6] He is undefeated as a professional boxer.

Currently, Mayweather is the WBC Emeritus World Super Welterweight Champion.[7] He was formerly rated as the “number one” pound-for-pound best boxer in the world by most sporting news and boxing websites, including The Ring, BoxRec.com, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, BBC Sports and Yahoo! Sports but was removed from the rankings due to retirement and currently due to inactivity.[8]

Early life

Mayweather was born in Grand RapidsMich., into a family of boxers. His father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., was a former welterweight contender who fought Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard and his uncles, Jeff Mayweather and Roger Mayweather, were all professional boxers, with Roger – Floyd’s current trainer – winning two world championships. Mayweather was born with his mother’s last name,[20] but his last name would change to Mayweather shortly thereafter.

Boxing has been a part of Mayweather’s life since his childhood. He never seriously considered any other profession. “I think my grandmother saw my potential first,” Mayweather said, smiling. “When I was young, I told her, ‘I think I should get a job.’ She said, ‘No, just keep boxing.'”[21] “When I was about 8 or 9, I lived in New Jersey with my mother and we were seven deep in one bedroom and sometimes we didn’t have electricity,” Mayweather says. “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 not uncommon for young Floyd to come home from school and find used heroin needles in his front yard[citation needed]. His mother was also 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 (Floyd’s older stepsister) better than he liked me because she never got whippings and I got whippings all the time.”

Floyd Sr. says Mayweather is not telling the truth about their early relationship. “Even though his daddy did sell drugs, I didn’t deprive my son,” Floyd Sr. 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.”[22]

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,” Floyd Sr. says.

“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.” Floyd Sr. 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.”

Boxing became Mayweather’s outlet – a way to deal with the absence of his father[citation needed]. As his father served his time, Mayweather, with speed and an uncanny ring sense, put all his energies into boxing. He even 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 says.[22]

Amateur career and Olympics

Mayweather had an amateur record of 84–6[23] and won national Golden Gloves championships in 1993 (at 106 lb), 1994 (at 114 lb) and 1996 (at 125 lb).[24] He was given the nickname “Pretty Boy” by his amateur teammates because he had relatively few scars, a result of thedefensive techniques that his father (Floyd Mayweather, Sr.) and uncle (Roger Mayweather) had taught him.[25] In his orthodox defensive stance, Mayweather often utilizes the ‘shoulder roll’. The shoulder roll is an old-school boxing technique in which the right hand is held normally or slightly higher than normal, the left hand is down around the midsection and the lead shoulder is raised high on the cheek in order to cover the chin and block punches. The right hand (from orthodox stance) is used as it normally would be to block punches coming from the other side, such as left hooks. From this stance, Mayweather blocks, slips and deflects most of his opponents’ punches, even when cornered, by twisting left and right to the rhythm of their punches.[26]

At the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Mayweather won a bronze medal by reaching the semi-finals of the featherweight (57 kg)[27] division.

In the opening round, Mayweather led 10–1 on points over Bakhtiyar Tileganov of Kazakhstan before he won in Round 2 by referee stoppage. In the second round, Mayweather outpointed Artur Gevorgyan of Armenia 16–3. In the quarterfinals, the 19-year-old Mayweather, narrowly defeated the 22-year-old Lorenzo Aragon of Cuba in an all-action bout to win 12–11, becoming the first U.S boxer to defeat a Cuban in 20 years.[28] The last time this had occurred was at 1976 Summer Olympics when the U.S Olympic boxing team captured five gold medals, among its recipients was boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard. In his semifinal bout against the eventual silver medalistSerafim Todorov of Bulgaria, Mayweather lost by a controversial decision, similarly to the Roy Jones Jr.‘s decision.[29] Referee, Hamad Hafaz Shouman of Egypt, mistakenly raised Mayweather’s hand, thinking he had won, as the decision was announced giving the bout to the Bulgarian.[30]

The U.S team filed a protest over the Mayweather bout, claiming the judges were intimidated by Bulgaria‘s Emil Jetchev, head of the boxing officials, into favoring Bulgarian Serafim Todorov by a 10–9 decision in the 125-pound semifinal bout. Three of Jetchev’s countrymen were in gold medal bouts. Judge Bill Waeckerle, one of the four U.S judges working the games for the International Amateur Boxing Federation, quit both as an Olympic judge and as a federation judge after Mayweather lost a decision loudly booed by the crowd at theAlexander Memorial Coliseum.[31][32]

“I refuse to be part of an organisation that continues to conduct its officiating in this manner,” Waeckerle wrote in a letter of resignation to federation President Anwar Chowdhry.[33]

In the official protest, U.S team manager Gerald Smith said Mayweather landed punches that were not counted, while Todorov was given points without landing a punch.[34] “The judging was totally incompetent,” Waeckerle said. The judges failed to impose a mandatory two-point deduction against Todorov after he was warned five times by the referee for slapping.[30]

“Everybody knows Floyd Mayweather is the gold-medal favorite at 57 kilograms,” Mayweather said afterward. “In America, it’s known as 125 pounds. You know and I know I wasn’t getting hit. They say he’s the world champion. Now you all know who the real world champion is.”[34]

Qualification as a Featherweight for the United States Olympic Team.

  • Defeated William Jenkins RSC/TKO-3
  • Defeated James Baker RSCH/TKO-1
  • Lost to Augie Sanchez PTS (11–12)
  • Defeated Carlos Navarro PTS (31–11)
  • Defeated Augie Sanchez PTS (12–8) at the Box-offs
  • Defeated Augie Sanchez PTS (20–10) at the Box-offs

Olympic Results

Professional career

Super Featherweight

Mayweather fought his first professional bout on October 11, 1996 against fellow newcomer Roberto Apodaca, who was knocked out in round two. Mayweather’s trainer at the time was his uncle, Roger Mayweather, because Floyd Mayweather, Sr. was still imprisoned after having been convicted of illegal drug trafficking in 1993. Mayweather, Sr. took over as Mayweather, Jr.’s trainer when he was released from prison (after Mayweather, Jr.’s fourteenth fight—a second-round knockout of Sam Girard).[35] From 1996 to early 1998, Mayweather won most of his fights by knockout or TKO.

Early in his pro-career, Mayweather received praise from all corners of the boxing world and was touted as a prodigal pugilist.[36]

During Floyd Mayweather vs. Tony Duran,[37] the ESPN commentator remarked, “(IBHOF & WBHF trainer) Emmanuel Steward was quoted as saying, there have been very few who have been more talented than this kid [Mayweather], he will probably win two or three world championships, I think he will go on to be the best ever.”[38]

The IBHOF trainer and commentator, Gil Clancy, commented before Floyd Mayweather engaged in his 9th professional fight against Jesus Chavez, boldly declaring, “I thought that Floyd Mayweather was the outstanding pro prospect in the entire Olympic games.”[39]

Mayweather vs. Hernandez

In 1998, within two years of entering into professional boxing, Mayweather decisively won his first world title, the WBC Super Featherweight (130 lb) Championship, with an eighth-round technical knockout of The Ring No. 1 ranked Super featherweight in the world, Genaro Hernández, after the corner of the outclassed opponent stopped the fight. Hernández had never been defeated at that weight class, until then. Hernández remarked post-fight: “He defeated me, he is quick, smart and I always knew he had the speed. I give him respect. He is a true champ.”[40]

With Mayweather’s win, he became the Lineal Champion of the division as Genaro Hernández had previously beaten Azumah Nelson, whose dominance of the super featherweight division had prompted all boxing publications to give him the vacant Lineal Championship.[41][42]The Ring stopped awarding belts to world champions in the 1990s, but began again in 2002,[43] Azumah Nelson had won his Lineal status in the 1990s, therefore The Ring’s vacant title was not awarded to him, Hernández or Mayweather, although it was not needed as Mayweather was The Ring No. 1 ranked super featherweight.

Furthermore, Mayweather became the first 1996 U.S Olympian to win a world title.[44] Following his victory, Floyd Mayweather’s promoter Bob Arum had the following to say: “We believe in our heart of hearts that Floyd Mayweather is the successor in a line that starts with Ray Robinson, goes to Muhammad Ali, then Sugar Ray Leonard,” Bob Arum trumpets. “We believe that he epitomizes that style of fighting.”[45]

After capturing the title, Mayweather defended it against top contender Angel Manfredy in dominating fashion with a TKO victory in round two, giving Manfredy his first defeat in four years.[46]

By the end of 1998, Mayweather was ranked by the The Ring as the No. 8 pound-for-pound best boxer in the world[47] and became one of the youngest recipients of The Ring “Fighter of the Year” award, aged only 21, the same age Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali had won their first awards.[48][49]

In 1999, Mayweather continued his domination over the super featherweight division by defending his title three more times. Mayweather’s second defense of his title, was against the Argentine Carlos Rios, winning by unanimous decision. Mayweather, fighting past the eighth round for only the third time in his career, won on the judges’ cards 120–110, 119–108, 120–109.[50] Mayweather’s third title defense was against Justin Juuko, winning by ninth round knockout. Juuko could not beat the count of 10 by referee Mitch Halpern and the fight was scored a knockout for Mayweather at 1 minute 20 seconds of the round.[51] Mayweather’s final title defense of 1999 was against Carlos Gerena with Mayweather winning by seventh round referee technical decision (RTD). Mayweather said post-fight, “I want to show the world that along with Oscar De La Hoya and Roy Jones, Jr., I’m the best fighter in the world.”[52] This dominance did not go unnoticed in the boxing world and by the end of the year, the 22-year-old Mayweather was ranked The Ring No. 2 pound-for-pound best boxer in the world, behind boxing great Roy Jones, Jr..[47]

Before he made the fifth successful defense of his title against former WBC Featherweight Champion Gregorio Vargas in early 2000, Mayweather fired his father as his manager and replaced him with James Prince. A few months after the fight, the rift between the father and son grew and Mayweather, Jr. fired Mayweather, Sr. as his trainer as well.[53] In an interview in 2004, Mayweather, Jr. said that he loves Mayweather, Sr. as his father but feels that he has better chemistry with Roger and his father had put too much pressure on him to be perfect.[54] The younger Mayweather, in his fifth title defense, won a near shutout over ‘Goyo’ Vargas in Las Vegas. In the 10th round, Mayweather overheard HBO announcer Jim Lampley say that the champ had switched to a southpaw stance for the second time in the bout. Mayweather leaned ringside and said, “It was the third time.” Even after a six-month layoff, Mayweather was elusive. In the sixth round Mayweather dropped Vargas with a hook to the ribs.[55] Mayweather cruised to a comfortable unanimous decision.

Roger Mayweather returned to his role as Mayweather, Jr.’s trainer in his next bout—a non-title Lightweight fight against Emanuel Burton. Mayweather would go on to win by technical knockout in round nine.

Mayweather vs. Corrales

In one of the more defining and memorable fights of Mayweather’s career, Mayweather fought the hard-hitting, former IBF Super Featherweight Champion Diego Corrales (33–0 27 KO’s). Coming in to the bout, both Mayweather and Corrales were undefeated and neither fighter had touched the canvas. Mayweather was at the time, The Ring No. 2 ranked super featherweight in the world and The Ring No. 7 pound-for-pound while Corrales was The Ring No. 1 ranked super featherweight in the world and The Ring No. 5 pound-for-pound.[47][56] Before the fight was announced, Mayweather had stated he wanted to fight Corrales, who was facing jail time for allegedly beating up his pregnant wife. “I want Diego because I’m doing it for all the battered women across America,” Mayweather said. “Just like he beat that woman, I’m going to beat him.”[57] While both fighters were the same age, 23, Corrales had multiple physical advantages over Mayweather, such two inches in height, an inch in reach and despite coming in to the official weight-in both at the 130 Lbs super featherweight limit, Carroles came to the ring, weighting unofficially 146 Lbs to Mayweather’s 136½ Lbs; thereby making Carroles 9½ Lbs heavier.[58] In the bout, Mayweather won every round and knocked down Corrales five times (three times in round 7 and twice in round 10). After the fifth knockdown, Corrales’ cornermen climbed onto the apron and stopped the fight, thereby establishing Mayweather as one of the claimants to boxing’s mythical pound-for-pound title. At the time of the stoppage, Mayweather was way ahead on the scorecards, leading by the official tallies of 89–79, 90–79, and 90–78.[59] Throughout the Corrales fight, HBO commentators and analysts made notable comments of Mayweather, with Larry Merchant stating, “Mayweather fights in a tradition of boxing and quick handedness that goes back in Michigan, all the way to fighters like Sugar Ray Robinson.” Harold Lederman commented, saying, “Jim (Lampley), I gotta tell ya, I’m terribly impressed, I don’t think I’ve seen an exhibition of boxing like this since Willie Pep, this kid is unbelievable, great legs, great speed, unbelievable ring-generalship. I mean he’s got tremendous presence in that ring, Floyd Mayweather knows where he is, every minute of this fight…”

Corrales landed 60 of 205 punches and landed no more than nine punches in a single round. Mayweather landed 220 of 414 punches.[60] Corrales was unable to land any clean shots as he stalked Mayweather through the early rounds. He landed an average of six punches a round, according to Compubox stats – the only time that a fighter has landed in single digits in the 20 years CompuBox has been tracking punch stats.[61]

After the fight, Mayweather remarked, “I would like to fight Prince Naseem [Hamed], hopefully we can meet at 128 (Lbs) or he can come up to 130 (Lbs), we can fight or I can fight the winner of Casamayor…” “Prince Naseem isn’t going to fight you,” intervened HBOcommentator Larry Merchant, “after he saw this, it ain’t gonna happen.” “I really want to fight Prince Naseem…” Mayweather continued, “but hopefully I can face the winner of Casamayor (vs) Freites.”[62] Although both fights did not materialise, Mayweather’s victim, Diego Corrales, would go on to hand Freites (the winner of the Casamayor vs. Freites fight) his first professional defeat. Corrales would also go onto defeat Casamayor in a rematch of their first bout.

Afterward Arum was ecstatic about his new star. “Better than Sugar Ray Leonard,” he gushed. “And did you see him at those press conferences…?”[63]

The fight was met with tremendous acclamation throughout the boxing world and sports in general. ‘Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s speed was dazzling. His power was unexpected.’ –CBS,[60] ‘… a near flawless performance…’ –BBC,[64] ‘Floyd Mayweather Jr., displaying blazing speed and punishing power…’ –New York Daily News,[61] ‘… a fistic masterpiece.’ –Sports Illustrated.[65]

On October 10, 2001, legendary boxing trainer, Eddie Futch, died aged 90. Tim Smith of the New York Daily News, recollected an encounter with the famed trainer in an article- ‘One of the last times I saw Futch was before the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Diego Corrales Junior lightweight title bout in Vegas. Futch was talking about how much he admired Mayweather’s style, how Mayweather was such a beautiful boxer, able to slip along the ropes and avoid punches. Corrales said he was going to neutralize Mayweather’s hand speed by hitting Mayweather on the arms.

“I guess he thinks he’s going to stand there and let him hit him on the arms all night,” said Futch, who correctly predicted that Mayweather would completely dismantle Corrales in a defensive masterpiece. Futch had a way of cutting to the heart of a matter. I don’t know anyone in boxing who won’t miss him. I don’t know anyone in boxing that can take his place.’[66]

On May 26, 2001 Floyd Mayweather, fighting in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan, pounded out a 12-round unanimous decision over future IBF Super Featherweight title holder Carlos Hernández to retain his WBC Super Featherweight title. Calling it “one of the toughest nights of my career,” the 130-pound champion overcame injuries in both hands to improve his record to 26–0. “He is a very, very tough fighter,” Mayweather said of the challenger, whose record fell to 33–3–1. “I’m disappointed in my performance.” Mayweather, 24, suffered the first knockdown of his career when he hit Hernández with a left hook in round six, which caused him sufficient pain that he dropped his injured left hand to the canvas. He wasn’t hit, but was given a standing eight-count by the referee.[67]

Mayweather’s last fight in the super featherweight division was against future super featherweight and lightweight title holder Jesús Chávez. Jesús Chávez was the WBC’s top-ranked contender[68] and came into the fight with a 31-fight winning streak. This was Mayweather’s eighth defense of the WBC Super Featherweight title, which he had held for more than three years. He won when Chávez’s corner stopped the fight after round 9. Mayweather had such difficulty making weight for this fight that he did not eat for four days before the weigh-in.[69]Jesús Chávez stated after the fight, “He’s [Mayweather] the champ! And now I become his number one fan.”[70]

Mayweather commented after the fight, “Although it will take some time to make the match, I want to fight Kostya Tszyu.”[71] Tszyu, an Australian-based Russian, by then had established himself as the best light welterweight in the world. Mayweather did not get a chance at fighting Tszyu, but he would go on to fight Ricky Hatton, the man who defeated Tszyu and won his The Ring Light Welterweight Championship.

By the end of 2001, Mayweather was still ranked The Ring No. 1 super featherweight in the world and was The Ring No. 5 pound-for-pound best boxer in the world.[72]


Mayweather vs. Castillo I

In his first fight as a lightweight, Floyd Mayweather Jr. took on WBC Champion & The Ring No. 1 ranked Lightweight, José Luis Castillo. Despite both fighters weighting officially within the 135 Lb lightweight limit, Mayweather came to the ring weighting unofficially 138½ Lbs to Castillo’s 147½ Lbs; giving Castillo a 9 Lb weight advantage over Mayweather. He defeated Castillo and won the WBC and vacant The Ring Lightweight titles with a 12-round unanimous decision at the MGM Grand Garden Arena before a crowd of 6,920. With Mayweather’s win, he became the first The Ring Lightweight Champion since Pernell Whitaker.[73] Judges Jerry Roth and John Keane scored it 115–111 and judge Anek Hongtongkam scored it 116–111, a decision that was loudly booed by the pro-Castillo crowd. The Associated Press had Mayweather winning 115–111.[74] Also, the New York Daily News scorecard had Mayweather winning, 116–112.[75]

Castillo (45–5–1, 41 KOs) could not touch the speedy Mayweather in the first round, with Castillo throwing twenty-seven punches and landed only three. Although, after round one, Larry Merchant pointed-out, “Mayweather made a comment in the corner about his left shoulder. We’ll see if somethings wrong with it, he seems to be rotating it, trying to keep it loose.” George Foreman noticed likewise, adding, “Massage my left shoulder, he [Mayweather] said, that’s not a good sign.”[76]

Within the first minute, of the second round, Castillo went down on a shot by Mayweather which was ruled by the referee as a slip. Later in the fight, Harold Lederman alluded to it, saying “… By the way, that knockdown in the second round [is] extremely questionable, I thought Floyd did throw a left hook and this guy [Castillo] went down at the end of the hook but what you going to do, it’s a judgement call by the referee, so it doesn’t go as a 10–8 round…”[76] Drakulich took a point away from Castillo for hitting on the break in the eighth round after several warnings throughout the fight. With Castillo continuously hitting on the break, this led undoubtedly to a large accumulation of his power-punches landing. Commentator, George Foreman agreed with the decision, saying, “That’s what you want a referee to do,” although his counterpart, Larry Merchant, had an alternative view, “I think this referee has been altogether too involved in the fight. Too officious.”[77] Drakulich struck again in the ninth round, this time taking a point away from Mayweather for using his elbows. Mayweather won the fight by using his jab effectively and by staying away from Castillo (45–5–1) much of the fight.[78] Also Mayweather, who injured his left shoulder on the last day of training, changed to a southpaw stance on several occasions to throw more right hands.

At the end of the fight, Harold Lederman had Castillo winning 115–111. ESPN‘s Max Kellerman disputed Lederman’s dubious scoring, writing in his boxing column, the following: “Harold Lederman, the (HBO) unofficial ringside television judge, gave the third round to Castillo, which I think demonstrates that Mayweather suffers from the same scoring syndrome that afflicted Pernell Whitaker. Mayweather is so seldom hit cleanly in his face, that when a clean shot is landed against him it registers all out of proportion in the observer’s mind. Meanwhile, the three clean shots Mayweather just landed against his opponent do not make the same kind of impression.”[79]

Compubox statistics indicated that Castillo landed more overall punches and significantly more power shots over the course of the fight, however these statistics did not accurately reflect the judging as rounds are scored in isolation. Also, Mayweather out-scored Castillo with jabs thrown and landed. Lederman’s scoring for this fight can be seen as inconsistent, for instance, in both of the Bernard Hopkins vs. Jermain Taylor fights, Lederman had Taylor winning, 115–113, despite Hopkins landing more overall punches and significantly more power shots over the course of both fights.[80][81] Jermain Taylor did throw and land more jabs, however.

In the post-fight interview, Mayweather said, “My last training day, I hurt my rotator cuff in my left shoulder, so I couldn’t use my jab the way I want to. My left wasn’t as strong as I wanted it to be, but I didn’t want to have no excuses, you know, like other champions, you know, when they get hurt they won’t even show up to the fight. I get hurt I keep fighting, you know, I want to bring the fans a victory.”

Mayweather vs. Castillo II

Due to the supposed closeness of their first bout, Mayweather accepted an immediate rematch with Castillo that took place on December 7, 2002. Before the rematch, Mayweather again reiterated that he had torn his left rotator cuff two days before the first fight and could not throw a jab or a left hook. He had surgery following the controversial decision over Castillo and he said his shoulder had completely healed now.[82]

The smaller Mayweather was again outweighed by Castillo on the night of the fight, as Castillo weighed 147 Lbs to Mayweather’s 138.[83] In the rematch, Mayweather used his footwork, combinations and jab to earn another unanimous decision victory. There were no knockdowns or notable exchanges in the fight and the judgment was close, with Mayweather winning 115–113 on two scorecards and 116–113 on a third. The Associated Press had Mayweather winning 116–112.[83] Also, HBO unofficial scorer Harold Lederman and fellow analyst Larry Merchant both had scored it 115–113 for Mayweather.[84]

Other Fights at Lightweight

On April 19, 2003 Floyd Mayweather Jr. successfully defended his WBC Lightweight title with a lively unanimous decision over Dominican Victoriano Sosa. Mayweather (30–0) fought another tactically sound 12-round bout against an aggressive challenge from Sosa (35–3–2).

Mayweather’s next fight (on November 1, 2003) was in his hometown of Grand RapidsMichigan. He fought against the WBC‘s No. 1 ranked contender, Phillip Ndou, whose record was 31–1 with 30 KOs.

During the days leading up to the fight, Nelson Mandela had invited Ndou to his office for a pre-fight pep talk before his departure for the States, advising him to “keep Mayweather on the outside with the jab, work the body and the head will become available.” The President of South AfricaThabo Mbeki, also dropped a note saying he had “full confidence” Ndou would put up a performance to make all South Africans proud and that he would return home with the coveted WBC belt. When told of his opponent’s high level support, Mayweather responded by saying: “Nelson Mandela’s a great man, he’s big in America, but Mandela can’t get in there and fight for him.”[85]

Mayweather dominated N’dou before flooring him with a series of right hands in the seventh. N’dou got up on shaky legs, forcing a stoppage at 1:50. In the fifth, Mayweather connected on a series of straight rights and lefts and when Ndou would not go down, Mayweather gave a little smile and then continued the barrage. At times, Mayweather, clad in black trunks outlined with fur, toyed with Ndou.[86]

By the end of 2003, Mayweather was still The Ring Lightweight Champion and was The Ring No. 5 pound-for-pound best boxer in the world.[72]

Light Welterweight

Mayweather, 27, made his 140-pound debut as he clinically dissected former titlist DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley, knocking him down twice officially in rounds 8 & 10 and scoring a lopsided decision of 119–108 (twice) and 119–107. The fight was billed as a WBC elimination bout, with the winner earning a shot at 140-pound champ Arturo Gatti.[87]

“Mayweather can flat-out fight,” Corley’s trainer Don Turner said. “He’s like magic. He makes you move into the punches.”[87] Mayweather would, after this fight, shortly ascend to No. 1 on the USA TODAY‘s pound-for-pound rankings with Middleweight Champion Bernard Hopkins at #2.[88]

On January 22, 2005, Mayweather fought against Henry Bruseles in another WBC title eliminator bout. Mayweather easily outclassed Bruseles throughout the first seven rounds. In round 8, Mayweather knocked down Bruseles twice and the fight was stopped. The win over Bruseles made Mayweather the mandatory challenger for Arturo Gatti‘s WBC Light Welterweight Championship.

Mayweather vs. Gatti

The pay-per-view fight between Mayweather and The Ring No. 1 ranked contender, Arturo Gatti, occurred on June 25, 2005 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where the fans heavily supported Gatti. Before the fight, Mayweather was supremely confident. He described Gatti with terms such as “a C+ fighter,” “a fake” and “a blown-up club fighter.”[89] Near the end of round one, Mayweather pushed Gatti’s head down in close, Gatti broke and left himself vulnerable while Mayweather continued to land punches. Gatti turned to the referee to complain and Mayweather capitalised, sending Gatti to the canvas with more shots for what was scored a knockdown.[90] Throughout the next five rounds, the much faster Mayweather landed with nearly every big shot against Gatti, who had no offense with which he could return fire. Gatti’s corner stopped the fight after round 6, giving Mayweather his third world title.

In the post-fight interview, Mayweather praised Gatti and claimed that his pre-fight comments “were just to sell tickets.” Among many boxing experts, Mayweather’s one-sided dominance over Gatti solidified his position as one of the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.[91]Compubox had Mayweather outlanding Gatti by a total of 168 to 41,[92] Gatti had landed only 10 power-punches (anything other that a jab).[93]

Mayweather’s fight with Gatti would be his last in the light welterweight division. Mayweather would leave as The Ring No. 1 ranked contender, with Ricky Hatton as The Ring Light Welterweight Champion.


After his fight with Gatti, Mayweather moved up to the welterweight division. On November 19, 2005, Mayweather fought a non-title bout at 147 lb (67 kg) against welterweight Sharmba Mitchell. In round 3, Mayweather knocked down Mitchell with a straight right hand to the head. In round 6, another straight right hand—this one to Mitchell’s body—dropped Mitchell again and ended the fight.

Mayweather vs. Judah

On April 8, 2006, Mayweather defeated Zab Judah for the IBF Welterweight title by unanimous decision. Beforehand, the fight had been jeopardized after Judah lost the WBAWBC and The Ring Welterweight titles to Carlos Manuel Baldomir on January 7, 2006, but Mayweather’s and Judah’s camps reworked the contract and decided that the fight would go on.[94] In the fight, Mayweather stayed calm during Judah’s aggressive early rounds. Mayweather began to dominate Judah in round 5 and Judah eventually bled. Near the conclusion of the tenth round, Judah hit Mayweather with a left hand that was clearly below the belt and followed up with a right-handed rabbit punch. After referee Richard Steele called time with five seconds remaining in the round, Roger Mayweather entered the ring and approached Judah, but Steele restrained him. Judah’s father and trainer, Yoel Judah, entered the ring as well. Floyd remained in the neutral corner while both Yoel and Zab scuffled with Roger (and others who had entered the ring) until police and security managed to restore order. Roger was thrown out, but the fight continued and went the scheduled 12 rounds. Mayweather won by the official scores of 116–112, 117–111 and 119–109. Compubox statistics showed Mayweather as landing 188 punches to 82 for Judah.[95]

Five days after the fight, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) decided not to overturn the result of the bout, but Roger Mayweather was fined US$200,000 and suspended for one year.[96] The suspension entailed that Roger could train Mayweather, Jr. in the gym but could not work the corner during fights.[97] On April 17, 2006, the IBF ordered a rematch between Mayweather and Judah, but the NSAC suspended Judah for one year on May 8, 2006.[98] Mayweather vacated the IBF title on June 20, 2006.

After his fight against Judah, it was reported that Mayweather rejected an offer of US$8 million to fight Antonio Margarito, citing his split with promoter Bob Arum as the reason.[99] Oscar De la Hoya, however, postponed his decision until 2007, leaving Mayweather to choose his next opponent.[100] Mayweather considered moving up in weight again to fight Light Middleweight Champion Cory Spinks, but because of negative publicity and Spinks’ impending mandatory defense of his title, he finally decided to face WBC and The Ring Welterweight Champion Carlos Baldomir on November 4, 2006 in Las Vegas.[101]

The bout took place on November 4, 2006. Despite having not lost in over 8 years, Baldomir was seen as a heavy underdog in the fight. Mayweather would ultimately defeat Baldomir by unanimous decision for both titles. Ringside punch statistics showed Mayweather landing 199 of 458 punches, while Baldomir landed just 79 of 670. Mayweather earned $8 million for the fight, while Baldomir was paid $1.6 million. Both were career highs in earnings for each fighter at the time.

During the fight, Baldomir chased Mayweather, unable to land any meaningful shots but tried to remain the busier fighter, while Mayweather picked away with sharp jabs and hooks and cut Baldomir over his left eye in the first round. This pattern continued throughout the fight. The defensive-minded Mayweather put on what many witnesses and Mayweather himself called a “boxing clinic” to take Baldomir’s WBC and The Ring Welterweight titles in a lopsided 12 round decision. Two judges had Mayweather winning all 12 rounds, with the other giving all but two rounds to Mayweather. After the fight, Mayweather called out for a fight with Oscar De La Hoya.

With Mayweather’s win, he became the first fighter since Roberto Durán to have captured The Ring title in both the lightweight and welterweight divisions.[102] Mayweather also captured his third Lineal Championship in as many weight-classes (Super featherweight, Lightweight and Welterweight), following in the footsteps of such fighters as Henry Armstrong and Sugar Ray Leonard.

Light Middleweight

Mayweather vs. De La Hoya

The World Awaits

Mayweather’s next match was the long-anticipated superfight against six-division champion and current WBC Light Middleweight titleholder Oscar De La Hoya on May 5, 2007. De La Hoya’s belt was on the line, which required Mayweather to move up in weight from 147 pounds to 154. However, Mayweather was outweighed by more than 10 pounds on the night of the fight, coming in at only 150 pounds. Despite De La Hoya’s insistence that money was not a factor, the Mayweather-De La Hoya bout set the record for most PPV buys for a boxing match with 2.7 million households, shattering the record of 1.95 million for Evander Holyfield-Mike Tyson II. Around $120 million in revenue was generated by the PPV, which set another record. With the percentages factored in, Oscar De La Hoya earned $58 million for the bout, the highest purse ever for a fighter. The previous record was $35 million, held by Tyson and Holyfield. Floyd Mayweather earned about $25 million for the fight.[103]

At one time, Floyd Mayweather, Sr., Mayweather, Jr.’s father, was in talks to train Oscar De La Hoya and be in his corner during the fight but he decided to train with Freddie Roach. Mayweather won the fight by split decision in 12 rounds, capturing the WBC title. However, many analysts and ringside observers felt Mayweather should have won the clear unanimous decision. In the early rounds, De La Hoya had some success cutting off the ring, attempting to pound Mayweather on the inside. Despite being very active on the inside, many of De La Hoya’s punches were ineffective and landed on Mayweathers arms or shoulders. By the middle of the fight, it was seen as an even bout by the announcers. However, Mayweather turned the tide in the middle and late rounds, often hitting De La Hoya at will. Official scorecards read 116–112 (Mayweather), 115–113 (Mayweather) and 115–113 (De La Hoya). Compubox had Mayweather out landing De La Hoya 207 to 122 in total punches and 134 to 82 in power punches, as well as having better accuracy in the entire fight. After the bout, Mayweather contemplated retirement, saying he had nothing left to prove in the boxing world.

Return to Welterweight

Mayweather vs. Hatton


Press Conference in Manchester, 2007

After his fight with De La Hoya, Mayweather decided to relinquish his WBC Light Middleweight Championship[104] and kept his WBC Welterweight Championship. On July 28, 2007, it was announced that Mayweather would come out of his short retirement to fight The Ring Light Welterweight Champion Ricky Hatton, which was promoted by Oscar De La Hoya’s promotion company Golden Boy Promotions and Floyd Mayweather’s “Mayweather Promotions.” The bout was labelled “Undefeated” and took place on December 8, 2007, at the MGM Grand Garden ArenaLas Vegas, Nevada, in a fight which was the biggest welterweight showdown of two undefeated fighters since Oscar De La Hoya and Félix Trinidad met in their 1999 superfight. In the build up to their fight, Mayweather claimed that he was the greatest boxer ever, saying: “I respect what Robinson and Ali did for the sport. But I am the greatest and this is my time.”

Mayweather controlled the fight from the start and knocked Hatton out in the 10th round to retain the Welterweight Championship.[105] Hatton suffered a cut over his right eye in round three from the punches of Mayweather and it seemed that it was at this point that his pace and movement began to slow. In round six Hatton lost a point for punching the back of Floyd’s head as he was caught draped on the ropes. In the tenth round, Hatton was caught with a check left hook thrown from Mayweather’s hip and, as a result, he fell forward head first into the turnbuckle and hit the deck. Hatton managed to make it to his feet, but was clearly dazed. Two more big lefts in a flurry put Ricky down again and Cortez stopped it at 1:35 of round ten.[106] Official scorecards read 88–82, 89–81 and 89–81, at the time of stoppage, all in favor of Mayweather.

After the fight, Mayweather said that Hatton was one of the toughest fighters he had ever fought, that he just kept coming and coming and that he wants to promote fights, with Hatton being his first client. Mayweather announced his retirement from boxing to concentrate on his promotional company.[107]


Mayweather vs. Marquez

Number One/Numero Uno

On May 2, 2009, it was confirmed that Mayweather was coming out of a 21-month retirement to fight The Ring Lightweight Champion and The Ring No. 2 pound-for-pound, Juan Manuel Márquez, at a catchweight of 144 lb on July 18 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on HBO PPV.[108] The fight was postponed due to a rib injury Mayweather received during training. HBO’s reality series 24/7 was also postponed to start on August 29. The fight took place on September 19, 2009 in conjunction with Mexican Independence Day, traditionally a big boxing weekend. During the official weigh in for their 144 lb bout, Mayweather failed to meet the required limit by weighing in at 146 lb, two pounds heavier than Marquez. He was subsequently fined as a result.[109] However, it was later revealed that the contract was changed so that Mayweather could make weight within the welterweight limit of 140–147 lb as long as Marquez received a large guaranteed sum of money.[110] Mayweather won a unanimous decision after 12 rounds in one of the most statistically lop sided fights between two world class opponents. Scorecards read 120–107, 119–108 and 118–109, all in favor of Mayweather. Marquez only managed to land 12% of his total 583 punches while Mayweather landed 59% of 490 total punches.[111] This fight marks only the fifth time in boxing history that a non-heavyweight fight sold more than 1 million pay-per-views, with the official HBO numbers coming in at over 1 million buys equalling a total of approximately $52 million. Four of those fights all featured Oscar De La Hoya as the main event, making this fight the one of two events where a non-heavyweight fight sold over 1 million PPVs without Oscar De La Hoya. The other fight was Manny Pacquiao versus Miguel Cotto, which sold 1.25 million PPVs.[112]

Mayweather vs. Mosley

Who R U Picking?

Negotiations for a proposed matchup between Mayweather and The Ring No. 3 pound-for-pound, Shane Mosley immediately began after Andre Berto pulled out of his scheduled January 30 unification bout with the latter, due to the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[113] Both sides eventually agreed to fight on May 1, 2010 for Mosley’s WBA (Super) Welterweight title. It was later revealed that Floyd Mayweather refused to pay sanctioning fees required by WBA. Mayweather said “all belts do is collect dust.” However, the belt was only on the line for Mosley to defend against Mayweather.[114] Both Mayweather and Mosley agreed to Olympic-style testing for this bout.[115][116] Mosley started the fight well, landing two solid right hands in Round 2 which caused Mayweather’s knees to buckle. Mayweather recovered well and went on to dominate the remainder of the fight, soundly outboxing Mosley and showing more aggression than in his recent fights. Mayweather eventually won a unanimous decision, with the judges scoring the fight 119–109, 119–109 and 118–110. In round 4, Compubox picked up Mosley throwing seven power punches without landing any, making Mayweather the second boxer after Roy Jones, Jr. to go an entire round without being hit by a power punch. After the fight, the president of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya, stated that he believes Mayweather is the best in the game right now.[117]

The fight was the second highest selling non heavyweight pay-per-view bout in the history of boxing, with 1.4 million buys. HBO officially released that the fight generated $78.3 million in revenue. After the fight Mayweather expressed interest in moving up in weight to capture a world title in six different weight classes and to challenge newly crowned Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez.[118]

Negotiations with Manny Pacquiao

Seven-division world champion Manny Pacquiao had reportedly agreed to fight Mayweather on March 13, 2010 for a split of $50 million which the promoters of both camp already agreed.[119] However, the fight was called off due to disagreements about Olympic style drug tests. Floyd Mayweather’s camp wanted blood tests by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, which will conduct the tests anytime from training up to the fight date.[120] However the Pacquiao camp refused to provide these samples, only willing to allow blood to be taken from Pacquiao if the test were scheduled. On the other hand, Pacquiao’s coach, Freddie Roach, has commented that he would allow a blood sample to be taken from Pacquiao if there was a cut-off date for the blood testing or at least one week before the fight. In an attempt to resolve their differences, the two camps went through a process of mediation before a retired judge. After the mediation process Mayweather agreed to a 14-day no blood testing window. However, Pacquiao refused and instead only agreed to a 24-day no blood testing window.[121] Consequently, on January 7, 2010, Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum declared that the fight was officially off and that he has offered the chance to fight Pacquiao instead to Joshua Clottey, while Mayweather accepted the offer to fight Shane Mosley.[122]

It was also reported that Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer and Top Rank Chief Bob Arum were trying to work out the failed negotiation for a fight between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather has asked Pacquiao to undergo random blood and urine testing up until the fight day. Pacquiao finally then agreed to give blood up until 14 days before the fight, which is closer to the fight day than the 18-day cut-off in Mayweather’s previous bout against Mosley. Pacquiao said that giving blood too close to the fight day will weaken him, and also stating that he has a fear of needles, despite having tattoos on his body. On June 12, 2010, the President of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya, stated during an interview with a Spanish network that the deal for the fight was very close and the negotiation process has been very difficult.[123] On June 30, 2010, Arum announced that the management of both sides had agreed to terms, that all points had been settled (including Pacquiao agreeing to submit to both blood and urine testing) and only the signature of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. was needed to seal the deal that could have earned both fighters at least $40 million each. Arum also announced that Pacquiao accepted the terms of the random drug testing, blood and urine, leading up to the fight.[124] Mayweather was then given a two-week deadline for the fight contract to be signed.[125]

On July 15, 2010, Mayweather was given until Friday midnight to sign the fight. The next day the Top Rank website embedded a countdown clock on their website with the heading “Money” Time: Mayweather’s Decision.[126] On July 17, 2010, Arum announced that there was no word from Mayweather’s camp and the deal for a November 13, 2010 fight with Mayweather was not reached.

On July 19, 2010, after waiting for Mayweather’s response, Leonard Ellerbe, one of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s closest advisers, denied that negotiations for a super fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao had ever taken place. Ellerbe stated that Bob Arum was not telling the truth and that Pacquiao never once agreed to testing up until the fight.[127] Bob Arum later criticized Oscar De La Hoya and his Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer for denying that negotiations took place, when De La Hoya himself had previously stated that they were “very, very close in finalizing the contracts.”[128] Arum revealed that HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg acted as the mediator between Mayweather’s handlers and those of Pacquiao’s from Top Rank Promotions.[129] On July 26, 2010, Ross Greenburg said in a statement that he has been negotiating with a representative from each side since May 2, 2010, carefully trying to put the fight together and he did in fact act as a go-between in negotiations with the two sides, but they were unable to come to an agreement at all, contradicting what Arum and Top Rank had previously said.[130][131] Floyd Mayweather Jr., after the second negotiation had been officially declared off, told the Associated Press that he had fought sixty days ago and that he was in no rush to fight Pacquiao and was not really thinking about boxing at the moment.[132] Almost a year later, on July 8, 2011, Manny Pacquiao’s top adviser Michael Koncz stated that Pacquiao had never agreed to testing up until fight day, which contradicted Bob Arum and the Pacquiao camp.[133] However, Arum stated in confirmation that Pacquiao had agreed to unlimited random testing to be administered by the Olympic Organization.[134] Further obstacles to the fight were introduced when Mayweather refused a 50/50 split of earnings with Pacquiao in the event of the fight being made. Pacquiao was reportedly offered a flat fee of $40 million with no share of the pay per view earnings.[135] Mayweather has since affirmed that a 50/50 split will not be offered to Pacquiao despite Pacquiao’s desire for an even split.[136]

Return to the Ring

Mayweather vs. Ortiz

Star Power

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at the Mayweather-Ortiz Press Conference

On June 7, 2011, Mayweather announced via Twitter that he was set to fight WBC Welterweight Champion & The Ring No. 2 ranked Welterweight, Victor Ortiz, on September 17, 2011. Ortiz was Mayweather’s first challenger in 16 months.[137]

The fight took place at MGM Grand Garden Arena. From round one, Mayweather used his speed, skills and accurate right hand to tag Ortiz repeatedly. Mayweather seemed in control through the first three rounds (judges scores: 30–27, 30–27, 29–28 for Mayweather), but in the fourth round, Ortiz found some success, landing a few shots and stinging Mayweather before bulling him into the corner. Then Ortiz rammed Mayweather in the face with an intentionalheadbutt, opening a cut on the inside and outside of Mayweather’s mouth. RefereeJoe Cortez, immediately called timeout and docked Ortiz a point for the blatant foul. Ortiz, seemingly acknowledging his wrongdoing, hugged Mayweather in the corner and even appeared to kiss him.

Cortez motioned the fighters back together to resume the fight, albeit unauthoritatively and without putting them in a neutral corner. Both fighters touched gloves and Ortiz gave Mayweather another hug. At this point, it was noted that Cortez was not looking at the fighters. As Ortiz let go, Mayweather took advantage of Ortiz not having his hands up and unloaded a left hook that wobbled Ortiz. Ortiz then looked at the referee and Mayweather connected with a flush right hand to Ortiz’s face. Ortiz dropped and was unable to beat Cortez’s count as the crowd of 14,687 jeered Mayweather. Although Mayweather’s controversial victory was generally accepted as legal, it was also labelled as a sucker punch and unsportsmanlike.[138][139][140]

After the fight, Ortiz claimed that he was merely obeying the referee’s instructions when he was ‘blindsided’ by Mayweather, while Mayweather defended his actions by saying that “in the ring, you have to protect yourself at all times.”[141]

Mayweather vs. Ortiz generated buys from 1.25 million homes with a value of $78,440,000 in pay-per-view revenue. These numbers make the event the second highest grossing non-heavyweight pay-per-view event of all time. Mayweather has appeared in the three biggest non-heavyweight pay-per-view events in the sport’s history, including Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya ($136,853,700), Mayweather vs. Ortiz ($78,440,000 million) and Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley ($78,330,000 million).[142]

Return to Light Middleweight

Mayweather vs. Cotto

Ring Kings

Floyd Mayweather’s adviser, Leonard Ellerbe, announced on November 2, 2011, that Mayweather would return to the ring on May 5, 2012, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

After negotiations with Manny Pacquiao failed again, on February 1, 2012, it was confirmed that Mayweather would be moving up in weight to fight WBA (Super) Light Middleweight Champion & The Ring No. 1 ranked light middleweight, Miguel Cotto.

On the evening of Saturday, May 5, Mayweather defeated Cotto in 12 rounds via unanimous decision, improving his record to 43-0.[143] Mayweather used movement and out boxed Cotto in the middle of the ring for the first few rounds. Starting in rounds 3 and 4, Cotto cut the ring off from Mayweather, forcing Mayweather to fight off of the ropes. Still, in the early rounds, Mayweather seemed to out fight Cotto off the ropes with his combinations and rolling most of Cotto’s punches. Cotto had more success in the middle rounds, landing his jab and body shots on Mayweather, effectively trapping him on the ropes. The later rounds were controlled by Mayweather, who chose to box more in the middle of the ring late in the fight. In the 12th round, an uppercut from Mayweather stunned and hurt Cotto, but Cotto was able to fight until the end. The judges scored the fight a unanimous decision for Mayweather, by the scores of 118-110, 117-111 and 117-111. After the fight, Mayweather said Cotto was the toughest fighter he ever faced.

CompuBox had Mayweather out landing and out working Cotto in the fight by a significant margin. Mayweather landed 179 of his 687 (26%) total punches, to 105 of 506 (21%) for Cotto. In power punches, Mayweather landed 128 of 382 (34%) to 75 of 329 (23%) for Cotto.[144]

Mayweather earned the biggest guaranteed purse in boxing history, $32 million, when he fought Cotto, according to contracts filed with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.[145] The Mayweather-Cotto fight generated $94 Million in PPV revenue, on 1.5 Million PPV buys, making it the 2nd biggest non-Heavyweight fight in history, next to Mayweather’s fight with Oscar De La Hoya.[146]

Professional boxing record

43 Wins (26 knockouts, 17 decisions), 0 Losses0 Draws[148]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 43–0 Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto UD 12 2012-05-05 United States MGM Grand Garden ArenaLas VegasNevada Won WBA (Super) Light Middleweight title.
Awarded WBC Diamond Light Middleweight title.
Win 42–0 United States Victor Ortiz KO 4 (12), 2:59 2011-09-17 United States MGM Grand Garden ArenaLas VegasNevada Won WBC Welterweight title.
Win 41–0 United States Shane Mosley UD 12 2010-05-01 United States MGM Grand Garden ArenaLas VegasNevada A non-title welterweight bout.
Win 40–0 Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez UD 12 2009-09-19 United States MGM Grand Garden ArenaLas VegasNevada A non-title welterweight bout. Fight at 142-pound catch weight.
Win 39–0 United Kingdom Ricky Hatton TKO 10 (12), 1:35 2007-12-08 United States MGM Grand Garden ArenaLas VegasNevada Retained WBC & The Ring Welterweight titles.
Win 38–0 United States Oscar De La Hoya SD 12 2007-05-05 United States MGM Grand Garden ArenaLas VegasNevada Won WBC Light Middleweight title.
Win 37–0 Argentina Carlos Baldomir UD 12 2006-11-04 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & CasinoLas VegasNevada Retained IBO and won WBCIBA & The Ring Welterweight titles.
Win 36–0 United States Zab Judah UD 12 2006-04-08 United States Thomas & Mack CenterLas VegasNevada Won IBF & vacant IBO Welterweight titles.
Win 35–0 United States Sharmba Mitchell TKO 6 (12), 2:06 2005-11-19 United States Rose GardenPortlandOregon A non-title welterweight bout.
Win 34–0 Canada Arturo Gatti RTD 6 (12), 3:00 2005-06-25 United States Boardwalk HallAtlantic CityNew Jersey Won WBC Light Welterweight title.
Win 33–0 Puerto Rico Henry Bruseles TKO 8 (12), 2:55 2005-01-22 United States American Airlines ArenaMiamiFlorida WBC Light Welterweight Title Eliminator.
Win 32–0 United States DeMarcus Corley UD 12 2004-05-22 United States Boardwalk HallAtlantic CityNew Jersey WBC Light Welterweight Title Eliminator.
Win 31–0 South Africa Phillip N’dou TKO 7 (12), 1:08 2003-11-01 United States Van Andel ArenaGrand RapidsMichigan Retained WBC & The Ring Lightweight titles.
Win 30–0 Dominican Republic Victoriano Sosa UD 12 2003-04-19 United States Selland ArenaFresnoCalifornia Retained WBC & The Ring Lightweight titles.
Win 29–0 Mexico José Luis Castillo UD 12 2002-12-07 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & CasinoLas VegasNevada Retained WBC & The Ring Lightweight titles.
Win 28–0 Mexico José Luis Castillo UD 12 2002-04-20 United States MGM Grand Garden ArenaLas VegasNevada Won WBC & vacant The Ring Lightweight titles.
Win 27–0 Mexico Jesús Chávez RTD 9 (12), 3:00 2001-11-10 United States Bill Graham Civic AuditoriumSan FranciscoCalifornia Retained Lineal & WBC Super Featherweight titles.
Win 26–0 United States Carlos Hernández UD 12 2001-05-26 United States Van Andel ArenaGrand RapidsMichigan Retained Lineal & WBC Super Featherweight titles.
Win 25–0 United States Diego Corrales TKO 10 (12), 2:19 2001-01-20 United States MGM Grand Garden ArenaLas VegasNevada Retained Lineal & WBC Super Featherweight titles.
Win 24–0 United States Emanuel Augustus TKO 9 (10), 1:06 2000-10-21 United States Cobo CenterDetroitMichigan A non-title lightweight bout.
Win 23–0 Mexico Gregorio Vargas UD 12 2000-03-18 United States MGM Grand Garden ArenaLas VegasNevada Retained Lineal & WBC Super Featherweight titles.
Win 22–0 Puerto Rico Carlos Gerena RTD 7 (12), 3:00 1999-09-11 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & CasinoLas VegasNevada Retained Lineal & WBC Super Featherweight titles.
Win 21–0 Uganda Justin Juuko KO 9 (12), 1:20 1999-05-22 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & CasinoLas VegasNevada Retained Lineal & WBC Super Featherweight titles.
Win 20–0 Argentina Carlos Rios UD 12 1999-02-17 United States Van Andel ArenaGrand RapidsMichigan Retained Lineal & WBC Super Featherweight titles.
Win 19–0 United States Angel Manfredy TKO 2 (12), 2:47 1998-12-19 United States Miccosukee Indian ReservationMiamiFlorida Retained Lineal & WBC Super Featherweight titles.
Win 18–0 United States Genaro Hernández RTD 8 (12), 3:00 1998-10-03 United States Las Vegas HiltonLas VegasNevada Won Lineal & WBC Super Featherweight titles.
Win 17–0 Canada Tony Pep UD 10 1998-06-14 United States Trump Taj MahalAtlantic CityNew Jersey
Win 16–0 Argentina Gustavo Cuello UD 10 1998-04-18 United States Grand Olympic AuditoriumLos AngelesCalifornia
Win 15–0 Dominican Republic Miguel Melo TKO 3 (10), 2:30 1998-03-23 United States Foxwoods Resort CasinoMashantucketConnecticut
Win 14–0 United States Sam Girard TKO 2 (10), 2:47 1998-02-28 United States Bally’s Atlantic CityAtlantic CityNew Jersey
Win 13–0 Puerto Rico Hector Arroyo TKO 5 (10), 1:21 1998-01-09 United States Grand Casino BiloxiBiloxiMississippi
Win 12–0 United States Angelo Nuñez TKO 3 (8), 2:42 1997-11-20 United States Grand Olympic AuditoriumLos AngelesCalifornia
Win 11–0 Mexico Felipe Garcia KO 6 (8), 2:56 1997-10-14 United States Qwest ArenaBoiseIdaho
Win 10–0 United States Louie Leija TKO 2 (10), 2:33 1997-09-06 United States El Paso County ColiseumEl PasoTexas
Win 9–0 Mexico Jesús Chávez TKO 5 (6), 2:02 1997-07-12 United States Grand Casino BiloxiBiloxiMississippi
Win 8–0 United States Larry O’Shields UD 6 1997-06-14 United States AlamodomeSan AntonioTexas
Win 7–0 United States Tony Duran TKO 1 (6), 1:12 1997-05-09 United States Orleans Hotel & CasinoLas VegasNevada
Win 6–0 United States Bobby Giepert KO 1 (6), 1:30 1997-04-12 United States Thomas & Mack CenterLas VegasNevada
Win 5–0 United States Kino Rodriguez TKO 1 (6), 1:44 1997-03-12 United States DeltaPlex ArenaWalkerMichigan
Win 4–0 United States Edgar Ayala TKO 2 (4), 1:39 1997-02-01 United States Swiss Park Hall, Chula VistaCalifornia
Win 3–0 United States Jerry Cooper TKO 1 (4), 1:39 1997-01-18 United States Thomas & Mack CenterLas VegasNevada
Win 2–0 United States Reggie Sanders UD 4 1996-11-30 United States Tingley ColiseumAlbuquerqueNew Mexico
Win 1–0 Mexico Roberto Apodaca TKO 2 (4), 0:37 1996-10-11 United States Texas StationLas VegasNevada Mayweather’s professional debut.

Titles in boxing

Major World Titles:

Minor World Titles:

The Ring/Lineal Championship Titles:

Special Titles:

World Wrestling Entertainment

Mayweather in WWE ring

Mayweather appeared at World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)’s No Way Out pay-per-view on February 17, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he was involved in a storyline physical altercation with The Big Show, after Mayweather jumped a security barricade and attacked him with a punching combination, in an attempt to help Rey Mysterio, whom Show threatened to chokeslam. Originally, Mayweather took on a babyface role in the storylines, though met with some reluctance from the fans.[149] The attack resulted in Big Show receiving an actual broken nose, reportedly not part of the storyline. The following night on Raw, Big Show challenged Mayweather to a one on one No Disqualification match at WrestleMania XXIV, which Mayweather accepted. At WrestleMania, Mayweather defeated Big Show by knockout using brass knuckles to maintain his unbeaten record.[150] Mayweather claimed that he was paid $20,000,000 USD for the fight, but WWE’s financial statements do not show the number.

Mayweather was the guest host for WWE Raw in Las Vegas on August 24, 2009. He interfered with a tag team match that resulted in a loss for the Big Show (now heel again) and his partner Chris Jericho as Mayweather gave Montel Vontavious Porter brass knuckles to use to knock Jericho out, giving Porter and his new tag team partner Mark Henry the win and a shot at the Unified WWE Tag Team Titles at WWE Breaking Point against Big Show and Jericho. He then celebrated with Henry and Porter, thus turning face. Later on in the night he was involved in a backstage segment with Mr. McMahonD-Generation X and Carlito where he helped Mr. McMahon get ready for his 6 Man Tag Team Match against Legacy along with DX. During the segment, McMahon knocked out Carlito.

Dancing with the Stars

Mayweather appeared on the fifth season of Dancing with the Stars. His partner was the famous Ukrainian American born professional ballroom dancer Karina Smirnoff. On October 16, 2007, Karina and Floyd were the fourth couple to be eliminated from the competition and came in 9th place.[151]

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