Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a professional boxer from the United States of America, and is one of the most successful boxers in history, having won all 42 of his boxing matches without losing a single match, and 26 of those 42 wins were by knock out, a staggering record in itself. He has won the world championship in all the five weight divisions in boxing, winning seven titles and has also held the lineal championship in three of the weight classes that he has competed in. He was selected as The Fighter of the Year by The Ring on two occasions in 1998 as well as 2007 and the Boxing Writers’ Association of America or the BWAA hailed him as the Fighter of the Year in 2007. Mayweather has ratings in the Super Featherweight, Lightweight, Light Welterweight, Welterweight and Super Welterweight and he is the current holder of the WBC Welterweight Championship belt. Almost all the top boxing as well as sporting newspapers and websites including the likes of Yahoo! Sports, Fox Sports, ESPN, About.com and Sports Illustrated rate Floyd Mayweather Jr. as one of the best fighters of all time in terms of pound for pound boxing and certainly the best at the moment.
Mayweather was originally born as Floyd Sinclair on the 24th of February, 1977 and he has been boxing since he was still in his crib. According to Mayweather himself, when the other kids usually learn to throw or kick balls, he learned how to throw punches and he reveals that no other profession ever appealed to him. His grandmother supported him immensely in his endeavor and when he said that he needed to get a job, she told Floyd Mayweather Jr. that he should just keep on boxing. His father Floyd Sr. was also a boxer in the Welterweight division, having fought Sugar Ray Leonard and his uncles Roger and Jeff were also professionals. Roger is the current trainer of Floyd and he had also won two World Championships in his time.
Although he grew up in extreme poverty, Mayweather did not sway from his ambition and ultimately succeeded to turn it into his career. He won the Bronze Medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games in the Featherweight and this helped him gain prominence and since then, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been an unstoppable force in the world of boxing taking it by storm.