Floyd Mayweather Bio
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April 30, 2012
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a professional boxer. At 42-0, he's considered to be one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the sport. In his career, Mayweather has won six world boxing championships in five different weight classes. In Mayweather's most recent fight, he knocked out WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz in the fourth round on Sept. 17, 2011.

EARLY YEARS

As an amateur, Floyd Mayweather Jr. went 84-6. He was a three-time National Golden Gloves champion in three different weight classes (light flyweight, flyweight and featherweight). It was during his days coming up as a boxer that he earned the nickname "Pretty Boy" for managing to avoid any cuts or damage to his face.

Mayweather qualified for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta as a featherweight, going 5-1 in qualifying matches. At the Olympics, Mayweather won a bronze medal for the United States, eventually losing to Serafim Todorov of Bulgaria in the semifinals.

PRO CAREER

Two months after his fight at the Olympics, Floyd Mayweather Jr. made his professional debut on Oct. 11, 1996, as a super featherweight. In his first match, Mayweather knocked out Roberto Apodaca in the second round. In Mayweather's first 15 fights, he won 13 by knockout or TKO.

It took two years before Mayweather won his first championship belt, winning the WBC super featherweight title after Genaro Hernandez's corner stopped the match in the eighth round. It was the first loss for Hernandez at that weight class. Mayweather ended 1998 by successfully defending his WBC super featherweight title against Angel Manfredy. The Ring magazine named Mayweather its fighter of the year for 1998.

In March 2000, before Mayweather's fight against Gregorio Vargas, the boxer fired his father, Floyd Sr., as manager and replaced him with James Prince. Leading up to the fight, Floyd Sr. remained in the Mayweather camp as trainer. It wasn't long after Mayweather defeated Vargas that Floyd Jr. fired his father as trainer. Roger Mayweather, Floyd's uncle and the brother of Floyd Sr., replaced Floyd Sr. in Mayweather Jr.'s next fight, against Emanuel Burton.

In a span of three years, Mayweather defended his super featherweight title eight times including victories over Diego Corrales, Carlos Hernandez and Jesus Chavez.

-- Lightweight

Making weight for his last title defense as a super featherweight against Jesus Chavez was a challenge, so Mayweather moved up a weight class to the lightweight (135 pound) division. In his first match at lightweight, Mayweather defeated Jose Luis Castillo to capture the WBC lightweight title in a 12-round contest. In a rematch less than eight months later, Mayweather defeated Castillo again in a 12-round fight, successfully defending his new title. Mayweather had only two more title defenses as a lightweight, defeating Victoriano Sosa and Phillip N'dou.

-- Junior welterweight

Mayweather moved up in weight again to the junior welterweight (140 pound) division. He made his presence known in his first fight against DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley. Mayweather knocked down Corley in the eighth and 10th rounds on his way to a unanimous decision in a WBC light welterweight title eliminator bout. In January 2005, Mayweather defeated Henry Bruseles in another WBC light welterweight title eliminator fight after the ringside physician stopped the bout in the eighth round.

In a mandatory title defense for Arturo Gatti, Mayweather captured the WBC super lightweight championship in dominating fashion, with the referees stopping the fight after six rounds.

-- Welterweight

After just three fights at junior welterweight, Mayweather moved up again, this time to the welterweight (147 pound) division. In September 2005, Mayweather took on Sharmba Mitchell, knocking down the former world champion twice and winning a TKO victory in the sixth round.

His next opponent was former friend Zab Judah, who was coming off a loss against Carlos Manuel Baldomir. While Mayweather won by unanimous decision to win the IBF welterweight championship, the fight was best known for the melee in the ring between the Mayweather and Judah camps. In the closing seconds of the 10th round, Judah struck Mayweather with a low blow and a punch behind his head. While referee Richard Steele called time, Roger Mayweather got in the ring and approached Judah. Yoel Judah threw a punch at Roger and both camps entered the ring and a melee broke out. After police cleared the ring, Roger Mayweather was ejected from ringside.

For their roles in the melee, Roger Mayweather was fined $200,000 and had his boxing license revoked for a year, Yoel Judah was fined $100,000 and had his boxing license revoked for a year, Judah was fined $250,000 and had his boxing license revoked for a year and Leonard Ellerbe was fined $50,000 and had his boxing license revoked for four months.

The IBF ordered a rematch between Mayweather and Judah but the fight never occurred because of Judah's suspension. He would eventually vacate his IBF welterweight championship.

Mayweather had a chance to pick his next opponent and decided to fight Carlos Baldomir for his WBC and The Ring welterweight championship. Mayweather easily defeated Baldomir, winning all 12 rounds on two of the judges' cards.

After his victory against Baldomir, Mayweather called out WBC light middleweight champion Oscar De La Hoya. In order to promote the fight, HBO created the series "24/7," providing fans with a four-part inside look at the training from both camps. Floyd Mayweather Sr. was the trainer for De La Hoya but after both sides were unable to agree on a fee, Freddie Roach stepped in as the new cornerman. In a split-decision victory, Mayweather moved past De La Hoya as arguably the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world and captured the WBC light middleweight championship. The fight set a record for pay-per-view buys for a boxing match with 2.4 million households.

Mayweather decided to return to the welterweight division, giving up his WBC junior middleweight championship in the process, and take on the undefeated Ricky Hatton. The two fighters squared off on Dec. 8, 2007, with Mayweather knocking Hatton out to retain his WBC welterweight championship. It would be the last fight for Mayweather before the boxer decided to take a nearly two-year hiatus from the ring.

-- Return from retirement

Mayweather confirmed his return to the ring on May 2, 2009, for a July 18 battle against Juan Manuel Marquez at the catchweight of 144 pounds. Mayweather suffered a rib injury during training, postponing the fight until Sept. 19. Unable to make the catchweight of 144 pounds, Mayweather was fined $600,000 for weighing 146 pounds at the weigh-in. Thanks to landing nearly 60 percent of his punches, Mayweather won by unanimous decision over...
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