Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr. (born Floyd Joy Sinclair; February 24, 1977) is an American professional boxing promoter and former professional boxer. He completed between 1996 and 2015 and made a one-fight comeback in 2017. During his career, he won fifteen major world titles including “The Ring” in five weight classes, the lineal championship in four weight classes, (twice at welterweight), and retired with an undefeated record. As an amateur, Mayweather won a bronze medal in the featherweight division at the 1996 Olympics, three U.S. Golden Gloves championships (at light flyweight, flyweight, and featherweight), and the U.S national championship at featherweight.
Mayweather was named “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2010s by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), a two-time winner of “The Ring magazine’s Fighter of the Year award (1998 and 2007), a three-time winner of the BWAA Fighter of the Year award (2007, 2013, and 2015), and a six-time winner of the Best Fighter ESPY Award (2007-2010, 2012-2014). In 2016, Mayweather was ranked by ESPN as the greatest boxer, pound for pound, of the last 25 years. He remains BoxRec’s number one fighter of all time, pound for pound, as well as the greatest welterweight of his era.
Many sporting news and boxing websites, including “The Ring, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, BoxRec, Fox Sports, and Yahoo! Sports, ranked Mayweather as the best pound boxer in the world twice in the span of ten years. In 2020, Mayweather was ranked second on Ranker’s list of best boxers of the 21st century.
He is often referred to as the best defensive boxer in history, as well as being the most accurate puncher since the existence of CompuBox, having the highest plus-minus ratio in recorded boxing history.
Mayweather has a record of 26 consecutive wins in the world title fights (10 by KO) against former or current lineal champions, and 3 wins (1 KOs) against former or current lineal champions, and 3 wins (1 KO) against “International Boxing Hall of Fame” inductees.
Mayweather is one of the most lucrative pay-per-view attractions of all time, in any sport. He topped the Forbes and Sports illustrated list of the 50 highest-paid athletes in the world. In 2006 he founded his own boxing promotional firm, Mayweather Promotions, after leaving Bob Arum’s Top Rank. Mayweather has generated approximately 24 million PPV buys and $1.67 billion in revenue throughout his career, surpassing the likes of former top PPV attractions including Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Oscar De La Hoya, and Manny Pacquiao.