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Floyd Mayweather Biography

Floyd Joy Mayweather, Jr. born on Floyd Sinclair on February 24, 1977, is an American professional boxer. He is the son of Floyd Mayweather, Sr. From July 18, 2005 through June 2, 2008 he was rated by The Ring magazine as the number-two pound for pound boxer in the world. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his mother’s last name. His last name would change to Mayweather shortly thereafter. His father, Floyd Mayweather, Sr. is a former welterweight contender, while two of his uncles, Jeff Mayweather and Roger Mayweather, won championship titles. Mayweather has won nine world boxing championships in five different boxing weight classes; he is the former WBC welterweight champion, a title he vacated upon his retirement. He was named Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year in 1998 and 2007. Mayweather is undefeated with 41 wins including 25 by knockout and is currently rated by The Ring Magazine as the number two pound-for-pound boxer in the world.

Floyd Mayweather Bio

Mayweather had an amateur record of 84-6 and won national Golden Gloves championships in 1993 (at 106 lb), 1994 (at 114 lb), and 1996 (at 125 lb). He was given the nickname “Pretty Boy” by his amateur teammates because he had relatively few scars, a result of the defensive techniques that his father (Floyd Mayweather, Sr.) and uncle (Roger Mayweather) had taught him. In his orthodox defensive stance, Mayweather—much like James Toney—often utilizes the ‘shoulder roll’. The shoulder roll is an old-school boxing technique in which the right hand is held normally or slightly higher than normal, the left hand is down around the midsection, and the lead shoulder is raised high on the cheek in order to cover the chin and block punches. The right hand (from orthodox stance) is used as it normally would be to block punches coming from the other side, such as left hooks. From this stance, Mayweather blocks, slips, and deflects most of his opponents’ punches, even when cornered, by twisting left and right to the rhythm of their punches.

Pacquiao had reportedly agreed to fight Mayweather on March 13, 2010, for a split of $50 million up front, at the MGM Grand Las Vegas which the promoters of both camp already agreed. However, the fight has been called off as of now, according to promoter Bob Arum, due to disagreements about Olympic style drug tests. Floyd Mayweather’s camp wanted blood tests by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, which conducts the tests anytime from the fight is signed to the fight date.  However the Pacquiao camp refused to provide these samples, only willing to allow blood to be taken from Pacquiao if the test were scheduled. Freddie Roach, on the other hand, has commented that he would allow a blood sample to be taken from Pacquiao if there was a cut-off date for the blood testing or at least one week before the fight, but promoter Bob Arum has offered the chance to fight Pacquiao instead to Joshua Clottey. Leading up to and since the Clottey bout, both Arum and Roach have stated that Pacquiao would not fight under any testing that included taking blood randomly instead of the scheduled urine test.

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