Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is one of the best athletes to step into the boxing ring. Nicknamed “Pretty boy” for his unmarked face, Mayweather Jr. is known for his technique, speed and unmatched power. Indeed, America had unearthed a gem for the sport of boxing. This article is a sneak peek into the incredible career of a well-renowned pound-for-fighter.
After a successful amateur career, Floyd Mayweather Jr. entered pro boxing in 1996. The Pretty boy continued to flourish despite resistance, including a quarrel between his trainers. His trainers were none other than his father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., and his uncle Roger Mayweather. Mayweather Jr. won WBC (World Boxing Championship) junior lightweight title in 1998. He also won Ring Magazine’s Fighter of the year in 1998.
Mayweather has moved up his categories four times. He was Ring magazine and WBC lightweight in 2001, WBC super lightweight in 2006, and WBC welterweight along with Ring Magazine in 2006. By 2007, Floyd Mayweather was already considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters. However, his proper recognition came when he defeated American boxer Oscar De La Hoya, for WBC super welterweight title. After this fight, the world changed for Mayweather Jr. He got fame, money and whatnot. The battle with De La Hoya was a big financial success, boosting the boxer’s profile. In December 2007, Mayweather defeated Britain’s Ricky Hatton in Las Vegas, undefeated until then.
Just months before a rematch with De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather announced a surprise retirement in June 2008. However, this turned out to be a temporary retirement. He returned in September 2009 against Juan Manuel Marquez. Mayweather was awarded a unanimous victory after 12 rounds against Marquez. Next, Mayweather defeated Shane Mosely (three-time welterweight champion) in a non-title bout. In September 2011, he knocked out Victor Ortiz, claiming the WBC welterweight title.
In the later part of his career, Mayweather was still a force to reckon with. He won convincingly against Mexico’s Saul Alvarez and Argentina’s Marcos Maidana in 2013 and 2014, respectively. On May 2, 2015, Mayweather finally got his fight scheduled with Pacquiao, which was stalled earlier due to allegations by Mayweather Sr. In this fight, Floyd Mayweather emerged as a unanimous victor. His last bout came with MMA champion Conor McGregor. Although it was an easy win for Mayweather, the audience ridiculed it due to the lack of McGregor’s experience in boxing. Following this victory, Mayweather announced his retirement with a stunning 50-0 record.
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