CB presents the Full Story of a Celebrity Boxer who is best known by the nickname “Money”. Our Floyd Mayweather Childhood Story plus Untold Biography Facts brings you a full account of notable events from his childhood time to date.
The analysis involves his life story before fame and his family background. More so, many OFF and ON-Screen little-known facts about him.
Yes, everyone knows he has never recorded a defeat during his professional boxing career (as at the time of writing). However, only a few consider Floyd Mayweather’s biography which is quite interesting. Now, without further ado, let’s begin.
Floyd Mayweather Childhood Story – Early Life and Family Background:
Floyd Joy Mayweather was born on the 24th day of February 1977 in Grand Rapids Michigan, United States.
He was born to his mother Deborah Sinclair (a struggling drug addict at the time) and to his father Floyd Mayweather Sr (a former professional boxer and drug dealer).
Young Floyd grew up with his highly dysfunctional family in the ghettos of Grand Rapids, a black spot that was 1600 miles away from Las Vegas in Michigan.
The ghetto which was infamous for poverty, drugs and crime portrayed the life of its inhabitants among which Mayweather’s family was not an exception.
“If you didn’t hear a gun during the week you’d wonder what was going on”.
Recalled Floyd of his upbringing in Grand Rapids.
Added to the moral corruption of the ghetto were broken homes and family feuds which the Mayweathers’ had their fair share of.
While Mayweather paternal uncles Jeff and Roger worked as successful professional boxers, his maternal uncle, Baboon was at loggerheads with Mayweather Sr whom he once sought to kill with a gun over a drug beef.
However, Mayweather Sr averted what would have been his untimely death by using his son (baby Floyd) as a body shield.
The defensive tactic left Baboon with no resort other than to shoot his in-law in the leg, bringing weeks of their altercation to an end.
“I used my man (baby Floyd) because if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t be here today. I was still shot in the leg. What would you do with a gun on you?.
Floyd was my only shield, and I got shot with him in my hand. Baboon shot a big old hole in my leg, and I’m telling you that it would have been in my head or my chest”.
Recounted Floyd Mayweather Sr during a live BBC radio programme in 2015.
Floyd Mayweather Biography – Career Buildup:
Boxing was an integral part of Floyd’s life not long after he started walking. His father usually held him in front of speed bags whenever they visited the gym.
Months later, the young boy was throwing punches at anything that came in view.
The early relationship which Floyd had with his father took a break at various point as Mayweather Sr was sometimes on the run due to his drug peddling activities. Consequently, Floyd aged 8 started to live with his mother in New Jersey where he grew up with his sisters.
Mayweather Snr was not known to be a runaway. He would often show up to train his son who became an amateur boxer following his grandmother’s approval.
“I think my grandmother saw my potential first. When I was young, I told her ‘I think I should get a job.’ She said, ‘No, just keep boxing’.”
Floyd Mayweather Bio – Road To Fame:
1993 was a sad and significant year for Floyd whose father was finally arrested for cocaine trafficking. The development nearly put an end to Floyd’s campaign for the National Golden Gloves Championship in 1993.
However, Floyd’s uncle, Roger (winner of featherweight world championships) stepped in to fill the void as his trainer.
As a result, Floyd won the Championship that year as well as clinched it in 1994 and 1996 with the help of his uncle who became a driving force in his career.
It wasn’t long before Floyd’s early progress in amateur boxing saw him dropped out of Ottawa High School while his father was still serving time in prison.
“I knew that I was going to have to try to take care of my mom and I made the decision that school wasn’t that important at the time and I was going to have to box to earn a living”.
He later explained concerning the decision.
Dropping out of high school made Mayweather more focused in boxing that his fighting prowess won him a spot in the 1996 Olympic team that represented the United States at Atlanta.
While fighting in the rings at Atlanta, Floyd sought the expertise and support of his family to make it through the various stages despite the presence of National coaches, a fact he recalled year’s later in the following manner;
“When I was in the ring at the Olympics, it was my father’s words that I was hearing, not the coaches’. I never listened to what the coaches said. I would call my father and he would give me advice from prison.”
Although Floyd settled with bronze medal under controversial circumstances, he succeeded in making an impression at the age of 19 and was ready to become a professional boxer.
According to him, the fights he had as an amateur proved how much he loved boxing, hence the need to become a professional.
“I think I already proved that I wasn’t just fighting for the money, because I fought as an amateur. I fought 90 fights for free.”
Floyd Mayweather Untold Biography Facts – Rise To Fame:
Floyd turned professional on the 11th of October 1996 when he made his debut and knocked out fellow newcomer Roberto Apodaca in the second round of their fight.
Fortunately, Mayweather Snr was released from prison (after Mayweather’s 14th professional fight) and took up an honourable job as his son’s trainer and manager.
Fighting as a professional saw Floyd record wins after wins culminating in his 1998 victory over Genaro Hernandez to capture his first world title, the WBC super featherweight championship. The rest, as they say, is history.
Floyd Mayweather Love Life:
Floyd has never been married owing to his belief that men should have as multiple women as they can afford.
Consequently, the world champion has numerous relationships. We bring you a few of his notable relationships.
Relationship with Josie Haris: Floyd and Josie began as high school lovers and have the longest relationship together.
The duo got engaged sometime in 2005 but were never married due to the retired professional boxer philosophy about having more women.
In addition, Floyd has a lengthy history of physically assaulting Josie and in 2012, spent 3 months in jail for the domestic abuses in 2010.
It wasn’t long before Josie called it quits and moved to Valencia Calif with the 3 kids they had together. The kids include Koraun Mayweather (born January 29, 2000),
Zion Shamaree Mayweather (born March 28, 2001),
and Jirah Mayweather (born June 25 2004).
Relationship with Melissa Brim: Floyd began dating Melissa in 1998 while he was still in a relationship with Josie.
Their relationship was nothing different from what Floyd had with Josie as Melissa had her fair share of domestic abuse before calling it quits. They had a daughter together named Iyanna Mayweather (born May 20, 2000).
Floyd Mayweather Family Life:
Mayweather was born into a dysfunctional family, we bring you factual details about members of his family.
About his father. Floyd’s father Mayweather Sr was a former boxer and welterweight contender.
Although Mayweather sr engaged in criminal activities outside the ring, he always found time to raise Floyd in a Spartan-like manner as the WBO champion would recall;
“I don’t remember him ever taking me anywhere or doing anything that a father would do with a son, going to the park or to the movies or to get ice cream.
I always thought that he liked his daughter (Floyd’s older sister) better than he liked me because she never got whippings and I got whippings all the time.”
Mayweather Snr is also father to Floyd’s siblings who include Deltricia Tawanna Howard, Fatimah Mayweather and Justin Jones.
About his Mother: Floyd’s mother, Deborah Sinclair struggled with Substance abuse. Nonetheless, she was much close to Floyd whom she extremely wanted to have a memorable childhood.
“At Christmas, we never had a Christmas. My mother would go out and steal presents for me. She tried but it was hard and that’s why I look after her now”.
Stressed the undefeated champion.
Floyd loves his mother in the same measure and is now committed to ensuring that she enjoys the luxuries of life given her immense contributions to his Upbringing.
About his half-brother: Floyd has a half-brother Justin Jones who got united with the Mayweather family as a 16-year-old amateur boxer.
Justin grew up without any idea of who his father was until people made him aware that he looked like a Mayweather. Curious to determine his roots, Justin had a DNA test which results matched that of Mayweather Snr.
Ever since the reunion, Mayweather Snr has taken over the training of his lost but found son with a view of making another world champion out of him.
About his sisters: Little is known about Floyds three sisters who live extremely private lives. however, they share a close bond with him.
The sisters include Fannie Orr,
Deltricia Tawanna Howard,
and Fatimah Mayweather.
Floyd Mayweather Nicknames:
Mayweather Jr has just two nicknames which include “Pretty Boy” and “Money”. Floyd was called “Pretty Boy” during the early days of his boxing career because people noticed he always emerged from his fights without any cuts or bruises.
On the other hand, he acquired the nickname ‘Money’ after he once jokingly threw money at a recording camera. Floyd prefers “Money” as a nickname because he considers it as a mature upgrade of the former. Speaking during a media briefing he explained that:
“You can’t be above 35-year-old and call yourself ‘Pretty Boy.’ Alright, so Money makes a whole lot of sense.
Floyd Mayweather Bio – Difficulty in Reading:
Floyd was in 2014 forced to respond to allegations made by rapper 50 Cent and a New York radio station that he can’t read well.
The allegations were made after observations that ‘the Money Man’ can read basic words but not complex sentences. Responding, Floyd owned up to his literacy deficiency and defended it in the following manner:
“Reading will not define my place in boxing history. Will God not let me in heaven because I didn’t read like a news anchor? Look, I would be perfect at reading if it was how I made my living and fed my family.”
While it is believed that Floyd’s decision to drop out from early from school is responsible for his deficiency in reading, the champion does not take it easy with anyone who taunts him in that regard.
Floyd Mayweather Personal Facts:
Floyd is one who would stop at nothing to get what he desires. This is evident in the manner with which he became an undefeated 12-time world boxing champion in five different weight classes with a 50-0 record.
He is also lavish in giving expensive gifts to those he considers close to him.
On the flip side, He easily gets jealous and is prone to anger at the slightest provocation. More so, he hates being criticized
Floyd Mayweather Notable Facts:
- In 2008, Floyd Mayweather fought and defeated The Big Show in WWE. Floyd achieved the feat despite the huge difference in their heights.
- Floyd Mayweather is Justin Bieber’s boxing coach. Justin who is often seen hanging around with Mayweather’s entourage has ringside seats during Floyds fights.
- In 2000 Floyd replaced his father with James Prince to be his new manager. It wasn’t long before he also fired Mayweather Sr as his trainer, replacing him with his uncle Roger (pictured below) because they had better chemistry.
- Mayweather doesn’t travel with all of his security men on the same plane because he fears their weight might hinder safe flight.
- Mayweather has knuckle and metacarpal problems because his hands which are relatively small, have received pounding over the years. Consequently, they have become brittle and susceptible to injury.
Floyd Mayweather Businesses:
With Boxing seemingly behind him, Floyd has begun to put his money into good use by making profitable investments. Notable among the investments are:
Mayweather Boxing + Fitness: This comprises series of gymnasiums for boxing-based fitness classes among other fitness endeavours. The classes include a virtual reality workout experience that burns up to 300 calories in 20 minutes real.
Beyond gyms, Mayweather has heavy investments in commercial real estate, owns a strip club in Las Vegas called Girl Collection, toyed with tech investing, founded his own promotions company (Mayweather Promotions), and launched The Money Team, a brand that sells hats and apparel online. Indeed, he is living up to his nickname “Money”.
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