Floyd Mayweather born on 24 February 1977, is an American boxing champion and promoter who is renowned around the world for his excellence in the game. He stands amongst the highest-paid athletes of all time, among popular names like Tiger Woods, Michael Schumacher, Jack Nicklaus, Michael Jordan.
The highlights of his career include winning a bronze medal as an amateur in the featherweight division at the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta, and several other titles and awards like The Ring, the Lineal Championship, the U.S. Golden Gloves Championship, the U.S. National Championship.
He was also named as the “Fighter of the Decade” of the 2010s by the Boxing Writers Association of America, and two times “Fighter of the Year” award. His achievements deserve a separate category of their own.
Floyd was born in a family of boxers in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which explains his talent in the boxing department. His father and his uncles have been professional boxers who also served as Floyd’s trainers and coaches. With such support in the family, he was set for success.
Floyd initially had his mother’s surname but later changed it to his father’s. Growing up in a struggling family, he said how his family of 7 had to cram in one room oftentimes with no electricity. His mother was a drug addict and his father sold drugs for a living. However, he was never deprived of the basic necessities in life.
He states that all his father did with him was take him to train in boxing and not indulge in other activities that a typical father-son duo would do. Later when his father had to be in detention, he was sent to live with his grandmother. His father says even though he sold drugs, he did it to maintain the minimum standard of living and provide all he can for his family.
It was at this point in life that he decided to focus on boxing and chose it as a career. He later realized his family’s situation and decided to drop out of high school to build a career in boxing to earn money. He realized that taking care of his mother and his family was what he had to do at some point in his life, hence he proceeded with this decision.
Floyd Mayweather Net Worth
Floyd Mayweather has a net worth of $450 million. His total career earnings stand at a staggering $1.1 billion! This was surprising to many because during his career he did not have many endorsement deals compared to his peers. However, he charged a higher fee per fight to make up in that aspect. Two of his fights accounts for more than half of his earnings.
His fight against Manny Pacquiao in 2015 earned him $250 million, and his fight against Conor McGregor in 2017 got him the amount of $300 million. Currently, he earns at least $10 million per year from endorsement deals alone.
1 April 2010- Floyd fought against “Sugar” Shane Mosley and won the match
5 May 2012- Fought against Miguel Cotto and returned with a victory
4 May 2013- Fought against Robert Guerrero and came back with $50 million as the winning prize
14 September 2013- One of the record-setting matches in history which Floyd fought against Saul Alvarez in which his earnings were $75 million. He beat this record in the following match
2 May 2015- One of the most anticipated matches in history was fought between Floyd and Manny Pacquio, this match has been delayed since 2009 due to non-agreement over match revenue division. The match was fought in Las Vegas, and the pair reached a settlement to divide the amount in a ratio of 60:40. Floyd won this match and took home $250 million and Manny took $150 million from the match.
26 August 2017- This match fought between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor became the “highest-grossing Pay Per View event” in history, with 5 million Pay Per View purchases. When the match finally ended with Floyd winning the fight, the event generated $700 million in revenue. Floyd got his share of $300 million from this game, the highest he ever earned from a single game.
Floyd Mayweather took part in the dance reality show “Dancing with the Stars” in which celebrities who are non-dancers are paired with a choreographer to compete against each other. He participated in the show with Karina Smirnoff, a Ukrainian-American professional ballroom dancer. He was the fourth pair to eliminated and was placed at the ninth positive in the show.
In 2008, he participated in the WWE’s No Way Out event which was another Pay Per View event held in Las Vegas, Nevada. He earned a staggering fee of $20 million for his appearance in the fight.
Floyd owns 4 personal properties among which 2 are located in Las Vegas, and 1 in the Beverly Hills, and another in New York City. His first property was in Vegas where he lived from 2010 to 2018 which has 13,000 square feet in area. He then shifted to his huge mansion in Vegas that covers 22,000 square feet.
The other property that he owns is located in the Beverly Hills which he bought in 2017 for a price of $25.5 million, which housed an indoor 12-seater movie theatre, a candy shop with a 300-bottle wine room. He also owns a strip club named Girl Collection in Las Vegas.
Floyd has a fascination for fancy cars and has a huge collection of them. He has been quoted as saying that he has luxury cars worth $15 million that he has not taken a single ride in. He has over 100 cars to his name, all bought in cash. He owns 16 Rolls Royces,1 Buggati Chiron, 3 Buggati Veyrons, 1 Buggati Grand Sport Vitesse, 1 Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita, and also a limited edition LaFerrari Aperta among other cars. He is also not short on Lamborghinis, Mercedes and other luxury cars.
As much as he loves his land vehicles, he also has an aeroplane collection. He gifted himself a private jet for his 41st birthday a Gulfstream G650 worth $60 million. The jet has his name painted on one side along with the number “50-0” to show off his boxing win record. He also another jet that he takes along when he is flying with his close mates.
Not shying away to spend money on himself, Floyd has an extensive watch collection just like his car collection. He has more than 40 high-end watches in his collection, among which he carries 30 of them most of the time. His priciest watch is called “The Billionaire” that was made by Jacob the Jeweler. The watch is made from 239 emerald-cut baguette diamonds!
Floyd Mayweather’s life story is a true example of “rags to riches”. He has had an illustrious career and has never shied away from bragging about his earnings. He has also explicitly stated his childhood struggles and bared open to the world his upbringing in such hard conditions. It is because of the tough situations that he has been able to persevere and emerge as a true champion in the ring and also in life.