Floyd Mayweather Jr. is considered as the greatest boxer of the era, who was born as Floyd Joy Sinclair, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His father Floyd Sr. was a welterweight contender. Similarly, his uncle Jeff Mayweather is a former IBO super featherweight champion. Moreover, his another uncle Roger Mayweather is also a former WBC super lightweight champion and WBA super featherweight champion. Hence, there is no doubt that boxing is in his blood.
Mayweather’s father started taking him to the gym not so long after he started walking. He used to hold his young boy in front of the speed bags from a very young age. As Mayweather grew up, he began throwing punches at everything that came in front of him. He wore his first boxing gloves at the age of 7. Back at that time, he was known by the name ‘Little Floyd.' He then took his father’s name and started following his father’s footsteps to boxing.
With his great dedication towards boxing, Mayweather won the national Golden Gloves in 1993, 1994 and 1996. Soon, he ended his pre-professional career after finishing 84-6 as an amateur. Again in 1996, he lost a controversial decision to Bulgaria’s Serafim Todorov and received a bronze model.
On 11th October 1996, Mayweather finally turned professional. He continued winning at an astonishing rate. At that time, his father was a trainer as well as the manager after he released from prison. Two years later, in 1998, he won his fight with Genaro Hernandez and captured his first world title ‘The WBC super featherweight championship.'
With the start of the year 2000, Mayweather’s career also started to accelerate. At this time, he moved up in weight class up to four times. Two years later, in 2002, he took home the WBC lightweight title. Again in 2005, he received another WBC super lightweight title and in 2006 the IBF, IBO, WBC and IBA welterweight titles. In 2007, he had a great accomplishment of defeating Oscar De La Hoya and winning the WBC super welterweight title.
Mayweather had some family issues with his wife. Back in 2000, he fired his father as a manager. The difference between them started to increase and Mayweather fired his father as a trainer as well. He replaced his father with his uncle, Roger Mayweather. Mayweather has been arrested several times since 2002 in violence and battery cases for domestic violence, etc.
Moving on to the former boxer’s dating life, he has dated numbers of women in his life. Some of them are Erica Dixon, Josie Harris, Melissa Brim, Shantel Jackson, Rozonda Thomas, Keyshia Cole, Princess Love, Doralie Medina, etc. Among them, Mayweather has children with two of them. First is an American actress Josie Harris whom he started dating in May 1993. After dating for about 12 years, the couple got engaged in September 2005. However, the couple got separated in 2010. They have three children together, Koraun (1999), Zion (2001) and Jirah (2003).
Mayweather has another baby girl of 17 years of age. The mother of the child is Melissa Brim. Altogether, Floyd has 4 children, two daughters, and two sons. Mayweather was engaged to another American model Shantel Jackson as well. The couple was engaged in September 2010 but later got separated in April 2014.
Back in 2010, he was the third highest-paid American athlete having more than $60 million salaries per year. Through years, his net worth is also increasing at a rapid rate. In 2016, he had total earnings of $44 million. As of 2017, his estimated earnings only from his fight against Corner McGregor is $300,000,000 and his estimated net worth is $400 million. Talking about his sponsorship, FanDuel, Burger King, Hublot each paid $1 million to sponsor him.
Floy Mayweather is one of the only three athletes, to date, with total career earnings of exclusive $1 billion. Mayweather made his way to the third place in the list of athletes with career earnings in the count of billion after defeating Corner McGregor, from which he roughly earned $250 million.