Floyd Mayweather Jr

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Michael Gerard “Mike” Tyson (born June 30, 1966) reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title, at 20 years, four months, and 22 days old.

Amateur Career

Mayweather earned the nickname “Pretty Boy” during his amateur career because of his unmarked face. He won the national Golden Gloves in 1993, 1994, and 1996. He ended his amateur career on a sour note at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Where he had to settle for a broze medal after a controversial loss to Bulagrian, Serafim Todorovwhere. A lot of boxing experts were agreived by the decision and to this day believe Floyd Mayweather won the fight!

Professional Career

Mayweather turned pro on October 11, 1996, as a super featherweight. Withing the first two years Floyd won the WBC junior lightweight title on October 3, 1998, in his 18th bout by stopping veteran American titleholder Genaro Hernandez in the 8th round. He also won Ring magazine’s Fighter of the Year award in 1998.

Mayweather moved up in weight four times earning homself the WBC lightweight title in 2001, the WBC super lightweight title in 2005, and the WBC welterweight titles in 2006. At the beginning of 2007, he was already widely considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

Despite all this Mayweather was not well known by the mainstream media, that was until he defeated fellow American Oscar De La Hoya on May 5th 2007 for the WBC super welterweight title, Floyd really showcased his boxing skill, technique and brillance during the fight, he frustrated a brave De La Hoya throughout and went on to win the 12 round thriller by decision.  Despite Floyds amazing performance there were a few critics that claimed the 34 year old De Le Hoya was past his prime.

To prove himself, later that year he went on to face 29 year old British welterweight sensation Ricky Hatton,  The undefeated Brit was 43-0 to Mayweathers 38-0. This fight was set to be a close fight, Mayweather danced around the ring cleverly biding his time and establishing himself as an avid counterpuncher, Mayweathers patients paid off when he landed a left hook on the 10th round which put Hatton down, brave Hatton rose to hit feet but the fight was ended shorlty after.

Mayweather then retired for 18 months, returning to the ring September 19th 2009, to fight Mexican welterweight Juan Manuel Marquez (50-4-1). Mayweather went on to add big names to his ever growing list of boxers he’d beaten, the likes of Shane Mosely (46-5) in 2010, Then Miguel Cotto (37-2) 2012 the first Puerto Rican boxer to win world titles in four weight classes, Cotto was not an opponent to be taken lightly, Mayweather won by unanimous decision to capture the World Boxing Association (WBA) light middleweight title.

In September 2013 Mayweather then put himself up against a young, hungry, undefeated Mexican boxer by the name of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (42-0-1), Mayweather had schooled Alvarez throughout the fight and won by unanimous decision, he is currently the only boxer which has been able to beat Canelo.

After years of broken negotiations Mayweather finally managed to secure a fight with legendary Philipino fighter Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2). The fight would take place in Las Vegas on May 2nd 2015 with an alleged purse of $300,000 ,000. Mayweather largely
dictated the pace on his way to a victory by unanimous decision.

Mayweathers 50th and final fight would be against arguably the best mixed martials arts (MMA) fighter of all time, Conor McGregor. Despite this being his first professional boxing bout, this fight gathered huge interest and took over the media for at least 3 months in the build up. McGregor started to gain traction in his conviction, promising to KO floyd in the early rounds. Both fighters were equally as brilliant at promoting fights as they were fighting. On the night of the fight Floyd made easy work of McGregor winning a TKO in the 10th Round.

 

 

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