|Estimated value:||€500 million|
|Country of origin:||United States of America|
|Source of Wealth:||boxer|
Floyd Mayweather is the highest paid boxer of all time. He boxed for over $1 billion during his active career. To clarify this sum: An employee with an ample average salary of 100,000 euros per year would have to work for 1000 years. It took Floyd Mayweather just over 20 years to do it. His professional career began in 1996 and on August 27, 2017 he had his last fight against Connor McGregor. This duel went down in history as “The Money Fight” and was the biggest payday of Mayweather’s career. In 2017, and also in 2012, 2014 and 2015, Mayweather was the highest-earning athlete in the world.
Floyd Mayweather was born on February 24, 1977 in Grand Rapids, the second largest city in the US state of Michigan. Mayweather comes from a boxing family. His father, Floyd Mayweather Senior, was also a professional boxer, as was his uncle, Roger Mayweather, who was a two-time world champion. Still, Floyd Mayweather jr. in complicated relationships between violence and drugs. His father was shot a year after he was born. His mother and aunt were addicted to drugs. Mayweather spent much of his childhood under the care of his grandmother. He focused on boxing from a young age, which is why he later dropped out of high school.
At the age of 16, Floyd Mayweather jr. his first boxing matches as an amateur. Overall, he completed 90 amateur fights and his greatest success was winning the bronze medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Mayweather turned pro that same year, defeating his first opponent, Roberto Apodaca, by TKO in the second round. After winning seventeen in a row, he fought Genaro Hernandez in Las Vegas on October 3, 1998 for the world super featherweight championship and became world champion for the first time. In the years that followed, Mayweather rose in the weight classes: from super featherweight to lightweight to light welterweight – his opponents were no match for him in any class. A milestone on his way to becoming the best-paid boxer in the world was the outstanding victory against the previously undefeated Diego Corrales.
Real cash for the first time, Mayweather jr. in pay-tv fights. He made his Pay Per View debut in June 2005 against Arturo Gatti. On November 4, 2006, he defeated Carlos Baldomir, the then WBC welterweight champion. Mayweather earned $8 million in the points win. In 2007 he boxed against Oscar de la Hoya and Ricky Hatton, two big names in boxing; Mayweather remained undefeated and posted $25 million in earnings each. After defeating Miguel Cotto at light middleweight in 2012, he boxed in the same weight class against Saúl Álvarez on September 14, 2013, winning unanimously on points for $75 million. In May 2015, the “Fight of the Century” followed, in which Mayweather faced Filipino folk hero Manny Pacquiao in a long-running welterweight duel for which he received a $150 million fight purse. In all, Mayweather took in $240 million from the fight. He was even able to increase this record income. After retiring, Floyd Mayweather returned to the ring one last time on August 26, 2017 to face UFC fighter Connor McGregor. The “Money Fight” in Las Vegas flushed him at least 300 million US dollars into the coffers, he also won this duel, and then ended his career unbeaten after 50 victories.
- “I’m not fighting for a legacy. I’m fighting for none of this, I’m fighting for the check. I’m in the check cashing business.” – Floyd Mayweather
- “Some pay to see me win, some pay to see me lose, but everyone pays.” – Floyd Mayweather
- “If you do a good job, you get paid very well for it. It’s that simple, that’s life. If you work hard, you will get good results. If you talk nonsense, you’re at the bottom with a group of people who are at the bottom.” – Floyd Mayweather
- “When people see what I have now, they have no idea where I’m from and how I didn’t have anything growing up.” – Floyd Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather is not only known by the nickname “Money”. He was given the name “Pretty Boy” by his boxing buddies as a teenager because there were hardly any scars or signs of battle on his face. The reason he was spared that is because of the defensive technique he learned from his father. To this day, Floyd Mayweather Jr. as the boxer with the best defense of all time. The statistics say: opponents only hit the target with 16% of their hits.
This prudent attitude runs like a red thread through the life of Floyd Mayweather. According to his own statement, self-preservation is very important to him. He sees his body as a temple and is said to spend two hours in the morning shaving. Naturally, body care includes massages, pedicures and manicures.
|Estimated value:||€500 million|