Floyd Mayweather was born Floyd Joy Sinclair on February 24, 1977. He actively competed between 1996 and 2015. Although, he made a one-fight comeback in 2017.
It was easy for Mayweather to become a boxer because he grew up in a family of boxers. His father Floyd Mayweather Sr., was famous for fighting a famous boxer, Sugar Ray Leonard. His uncles Roger and Jeff Mayweather were professional boxers, as well.
Mayweather began competing in 1984. He held an amateur record from 1984 to 1988. He was the national Golden Gloves championship in 1993 and 1996. Due to his ability to defend his face when fighting, Mayweather was nicknamed Pretty Boy.
In 1996, Mayweather competed in the Olympics which was held in Atlanta. He reached the semi-finals of the featherweight and won a bronze medal.
Mayweather won his first professional bout when he knocked out newcomer Roberto Apodaca in the second round. This was on October 11, 1996. Mayweather was revered early on in his career and was called a prodigy.
In 1998, Mayweather beat Hernandez to win his first world title; the WBC Super Featherweight. This made Mayweather the first Olympian to win a world title.
Mayweather competed against and defeated Diego Corrales in what is called one of the memorable fights of his career. Mayweather went on to fight Jose Luis Castillo twice in the early 2000s, he defeated Castillo in both matches.
At 27 years old, Mayweather debuted as a 40-pound fighter and defeated DeMarcus Corley. In 2005, Mayweather fought Henry Bruseles, and won. He knocked him down twice, and the fight was stopped.
By the end of 2005, Mayweather moved up to the Welterweight division. On April 8, 2006, Mayweather defeated Zab Judah for the IBF welterweight title.
Mayweather relinquished his WBC light-middleweight in 2007 while undefeated.
On May 2, 2009, Mayweather fought Juan Manuel Marquez after not fighting for almost two years.
In December 2009, it was reported that Mayweather signed a contract to fight Manny Pacquiao on March 3, 2010. It was slated to be the highest-grossing fight, at the time, at about 300 million dollars. After three years of the failed agreement, the Mayweather and Pacquiao fight was canceled.
The Mayweather and McGregor fight was sensationalized due to the marketing from both sides. It was also due to the crossover fight of a boxer and an MMA fighter. Mayweather defeated McGregor in the 10th round.
Mayweather remained undefeated in his boxing career. He has over 20 championships under his belt.