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Floyd Mayweather

Nickname: “Money”
Record: 46-0 (26 KO’s)
Height: 5’8”
Weight: 154 lbs. (Super Welterweight)
Date of Birth: February 24, 1977
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Residence: Las Vegas, Nevada
Stance: Orthodox
Trainer: Roger Mayweather
Floyd “Money” Mayweather is without question the best and most talented fighter in boxing today.  Mayweather displays an unprecedented mix of speed, power and natural instinct every time he steps into the ring - a combination that has translated to 41 wins without a loss, 25 knockouts, six world championships in five weight classes and an endless list of accolades over the course of his career including being named Fighter of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America, Ring Magazine, BET and ESPN (which earned him a coveted ESPY Award).
Mayweather will return to the ring on Saturday, September 17, to face the hard-hitting and explosive current WBC Welterweight World Champion “Vicious” Victor Ortiz in what will be the biggest international boxing event of 2011.  The bout, which Mayweather announced via his Twitter account on Tuesday, June 7, will pit the undefeated Six-Time World Champion against a young, dangerous opponent riding a six-fight undefeated streak.
Mayweather is always the talk of boxing whether he is fighting or not.  His last ring appearance took place on May 1, 2010, during which he performed brilliantly and dominated Sugar Shane Mosley en route to a shut-out unanimous decision victory, further solidifying his position as the most dominant fighter in the world.  The fight was purchased by 1.4 million homes generating $78.3 millionin revenue, the second highest non-heavyweight earner in the sport’s history, and earned Mayweather $40 million. In the 36 minute-long fight, “Money” earned approximately $1.1 millionper minute and his performance summoned scores of celebrities and sports stars including A-listers Muhammad Ali, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael J. Fox, Paris Hilton and Jamie Foxx who were among the ringside observers.  That success, and the ones before it, re-confirmed Mayweather’s staggering earning power as boxing’s pay-per-view king.
“We have to really respect what we have just witnessed,” said Mayweather’s former opponent and President of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar de la Hoya following the Mosley fight.  “The best boxer on the planet is Mayweather…in my mind, in Mosley’s mind, in everybody’s mind.  He is the best.  I am a firm believer Mayweather is the best.”
In addition to his boxing accomplishments, Mayweather has also become a crossover star, appearing in the Emmy award winning HBO reality series “24/7” four times.  With each appearance, he provided cameras with an all access look at his training and personal life.  In 2007, he competed on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, where he introduced himself to a completely new audience of 35 million viewers.  He continued to expand his fan base in 2008 when he hosted WWE’s Monday Night Raw and appeared on WWEWrestleMania XXIV.  His appearance in the pay-per-view telecast’s main event earned him more mega-millions, as the event generated 1.1 million buys and over $23.8 million in revenue.
In 2007, Mayweather had his true coming out party, shattering every boxing (and in some Oscar de la Hoya, which broke the cases sports) earning record in the book, including his must-see May 5 mega-fight against all-time live gate and pay-per-view earnings numbers. His victory over the Golden Boy earned Mayweather a whopping $25 million from his share of the revenue generated from the 2.4 million households that purchased the fight (a gross of over $120 million).
Later that year on December 8, Mayweather fought the popular and undefeated British World Champion Ricky Hatton, scoring a 10th round knockout and again earning over $25 million.  Mayweather collected over $14,500 per second for his less than 28 minutes of work.  Not only did he put on another breathtaking performance in the ring, but he also attracted a huge number of A-list celebrities to ringside that night, including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, as well as a plethora of sports personalities and superstars.
After a 21-month lay off from the ring, Mayweather returned on September 19, 2009 and thoroughly out-boxed one of his quickest opponents in Juan Manuel Marquez, earning a unanimous decision victory, generating 1.1 millionpay-per-view buys translating to nearly $60 millionin revenue.
In Mayweather’s last four bouts, he has generated over $375 million in revenue combined, delivering nearly six million pay-per-view buys, making him the one of the highest grossing pay-per-view attractions in the history of the sport.  In the mere 138 minutes it took Mayweather to defeat De La Hoya, Hatton, Marquez and Mosley he earned over $100 million, securing his place on Forbes Magazine’s list of the top ten earning African-American celebrities, and earning him the number four spot on the 2008 Sports Illustrated list of highest earning athletes in the world.
With appearances on the covers of Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine and Men’s Fitness and visits to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Live with Regis & Kelly and E! Channel’s Chelsea Lately, his impact has been felt across the sports and mainstream media spectrum, as Mayweather continues to carry boxing on his shoulders while becoming one of the most talked about athletes in the world.
“My career is very important to me and as long as I have the desire and ability to be at top of the boxing charts, I will continue my legacy by competing in the ring,” said Mayweather.  “My goal has always been to be one of the best fighters who ever lived, but I also want to be a successful businessman, thinking outside of just the boxing ring and touching as many people as possible while my career is at its peak.”
Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mayweather was born into a boxing family.  His father, Floyd Sr., was a former welterweight contender who fought Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard, and his uncles, Roger and Jeff, were also pro fighters, with Roger - Floyd’s current trainer - winning two world championships during his prime.
Fitted with boxing gloves while he was still a toddler, Floyd started boxing competitively at the age of seven and his acumen for the game was obvious from the start.  He would go on to compile an 84-6 amateur record while earning three Michigan Golden Gloves titles, three National Golden Gloves titles, PAL and National Championships and an Olympic Bronze medal in the 1996 Games. 
Turning pro in the super featherweight division on October 11, 1996, Mayweather blitzed Roberto Apodaca in just two rounds…his journey to greatness was underway.  After one more win in 1996, Mayweather went 10-0 with 9 knockouts in 1997 and added five more wins to his ledger in the first half of 1998.  Fight fans were chomping at the bit to see the ultra-talented Mayweather in with the elite at 130 pounds, and on October 3, 1998, they got their chance when the 21-year old faced off against the late Genaro Hernandez for ‘Chicanito’s WBC world championship.
The highly anticipated fight was no contest, as Mayweather battered the veteran with blinding combinations, pitching a near shutout before the fight was stopped after the eighth round.  Floyd Mayweather was a World Champion.
As any great champion will tell you, winning a title is one thing, defending it is another, and Mayweather, despite his natural physical gifts, showed his desire for greatness by outworking his opponents in the gym and gaining a reputation as one of the hardest workers in the sport. 
This work ethic paid off as Mayweather defended his super featherweight title eight times from 1998 to 2001, defeating Angel Manfredy (TKO2), Carlos Rios (W12), Justin Juuko (KO9), Carlos Gerena (TKO7), Gregorio Vargas (W12), Diego Corrales (TKO10), Carlos Hernandez (W12) and Jesus Chavez (TKO9).  Corrales, Hernandez and Chavez would all go on to win world titles after their one-sided losses to Mayweather.
With the 130 pound weight class cleaned out, Mayweather sought new challenges at 135 pounds, and he got it in his WBC lightweight championship fight against Mexico’s tough Jose Luis Castillo on April 20, 2002.  After 12 hard-fought rounds, Mayweather had won his second world crown.
Fight fans clamored for a rematch and Floyd answered their call in his very next fight less than eight months later, repeating with a 12 round decision win over Castillo.  He went on to defend the lightweight title twice more, over Victoriano Sosa (W12) and Phillip N’dou (TKO7) before testing the waters at 140 pounds.
In the junior welterweight division, Mayweather immediately made his presence known with a dominating 12 round decision win over former World Champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley on May 22, 2004.  After an eighth round stoppage of Henry Bruseles to kick off 2005, Mayweather made his debut as a pay-per-view headliner on June 25, 2005, when he walked through the rugged Arturo Gatti, stopping him in just six rounds to win the WBC 140-pound championship.
Mayweather didn’t spend much time at junior welterweight, as he immediately jumped up to the welterweight division to take on the best in yet another weight class.  Floyd kicked off his 147-pound campaign with a sixth round TKO of former World Champion Sharmba Mitchell on November 19, 2005, and on April 8, 2006, he would face former friend Zab Judah in a highly-anticipated grudge match that saw Mayweather cruise to an easy 12 round decision win to earn the IBF welterweight title.  Not satisfied with just one belt, Mayweather finished off a stellar 2006 campaign with a 12 round near-shutout over Carlos Baldomir to add the WBC welterweight crown to his trophy case.
After Baldomir, Mayweather rose to superstar status with his aforementioned highly-decorated year in 2007.  Immediately following his historic year, he stunned the entire sports world in June of 2008 when he announced that he was retiring from boxing after competing in the sport for nearly 20 years.  During his hiatus from the sport, Mayweather found much needed rest by spending the majority of his time with his family while regaining his lost spirit and love for the sport, allowing him to comeback better than ever. 
“My goal has always been to be one of the best fighters who ever lived, but I am only willing to do that if I am physically and mentally prepared every time I step in the ring,” Mayweather said.  “The break from the sport was good for me, but I returned to boxing to fight the best, and that’s what I intend to do.”
Mayweather learned a great deal from his semi-retirement and although he is once again back atop the boxing world; his goal to live a rich, full life outside the ring is just as important as success in the ring.  He is actively involved with the lives of his four children and regularly visits with his father and mother who live near him in Las Vegas.  In addition to the joy he gets from being around his family, Mayweather regularly gives back to the homeless in his community in Las Vegas, feeding homeless adults on a weekly basis and volunteering his time at the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY).  Mayweather is the Director of The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation which was founded in 2007 with the goals of empowering and encouraging community alliances, impacting youth leadership and strengthening family foundations in the Las Vegas community.
“My desire to give is as strong as my desire to win,” Mayweather said.  “I know how important it is to help those who are less fortunate than myself.  I hope if I continue to work as hard outside of the ring as I do inside of it, I can inspire others to do the same and help out in their communities as well.”