Capital: € 500 million
Age: 43
Born: 24/02/1977
Country of origin: United States of America
Source of wealth: boxer
Last updated: 2023

Short introduction

Floyd Mayweather is the highest paid boxer ever. During his active career, he boxed over $ 1 billion. To clarify this sum: An employee with a lavish average salary of 100,000 euros per year would have to go to work for 1000 years. It only took Floyd Mayweather a little over 20 years. He started his profile career 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 in Mayweather’s career. In 2017 and also in 2012, 2014 and 2015, Mayweather was the highest earning athlete worldwide.

Early life

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 boxer family. His father Floyd Mayweather Senior was a professional boxer, as did his uncle Roger Mayweather, who was world champion twice. Still, Floyd Mayweather jr. in complicated relationships, between violence and drugs. His father was shot a year after his birth. His mother and aunt were addicted to drugs. Mayweather spent much of his childhood under the care of his grandmother. He concentrated on boxing at 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. He completed 90 amateur fights in total and his greatest success was winning the bronze medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. In the same year Mayweather switched to the professionals, his first opponent, Roberto Apodaca, he beat in the second round by TKO. After celebrating seventeen victories in a row, he fought Genaro Hernandez for the super featherweight championship in Las Vegas on October 3, 1998, becoming world champion for the first time. In the following years, Mayweather rose in the weight classes: from super featherweight to lightweight to light welterweight – in no class was his opponent up to it. A milestone on his way to becoming the highest paid boxer in the world was the outstanding victory against the undefeated Diego Corrales.

Career highlights

Right checkout for the first time, Mayweather jr. fighting on pay TV. He made his debut in “Pay Per View” in June 2005 against Arturo Gatti. On November 4, 2006, he defeated Carlos Baldomir, the then WBC welterweight world 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 earned $ 25 million each. After defeating Miguel Cotto in the middleweight division in 2012, he boxed against Saúl Álvarez in the same weight class on September 14, 2013, winning on points and earning $ 75 million. In May 2015, the “Fight of the Century” followed: Mayweather met the Filipino folk hero Manny Pacquiao in a long-running duel in welterweight, for which he received a battle exchange of $ 150 million. In total, Mayweather took 240 million through the fight. He was even able to increase these record earnings. After resigning in the meantime, 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 at least $ 300 million in the box office, he also won this duel, and then ended his career unbeaten after 50 wins.

Famous quotes

  • “I’m not fighting for a legacy. I’m not fighting for any of it, I’m fighting for the check. I’m in the check cashing business. ” – Floyd Mayweather
  • “Some pay to see me win, others pay to see me lose, but all pay.” – Floyd Mayweather
  • “If you work well, you will be paid very well for it. It’s that simple, that’s how life goes. If you work hard, you will get good results. If you talk nonsense, you’re at the bottom with a group of people at the bottom. ” – Floyd Mayweather
  • “When people see what I have now, they have no idea where I come from and how I had nothing when I was growing up.” – Floyd Mayweather

Amazing facts

Floyd Mayweather is not only known by the nickname “Money”. The name “Pretty Boy” was given to him by his boxing comrades as a teenager, as there were hardly any scars or signs of battle on his face. The reason he was spared this is the defensive technique he learned from his father. Floyd Mayweather jr. as the best defensive boxer ever. Statistics say: Enemies only hit the target with 16% of their hits.

This careful attitude runs like a thread through the life of Floyd Mayweather. According to him, self-preservation is very important. He sees his body as a temple and is said to spend two hours shaving in the morning. For him, body care naturally includes massages, pedicures and manicures.


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