Floyd Mayweather got emotional during his Boxing Hall of Fame induction.
One of greatest fighters ever, the 45-year-old was among a three-class group of stars inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon (June 12) at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York. At the induction ceremony, Mayweather cried for two full minutes before he spoke.
"I don't really know what to say," he said, according to USA Today. "I told myself I wouldn't cry, but this is something beautiful. This is one of the best days of my life."
Mayweather, who was joined by Roy Jones Jr., Bernard Hopkins, Shane Mosley, Andre Ward and others in being inducted, finished his boxing career with a perfect 50-0 (27 KOs) record and as the richest boxer ever, with reported career earnings of more than $800 million.
In the video, as he becomes emotional, he is comforted by women’s boxing legend Laila Ali.
During his speech, Floyd acknowledged his father Floyd Mayweather Sr., who introduced him to boxing when he was a child. His late uncle, Roger Mayweather, also served as his trainer.
"I love my dad because without him, this wouldn't be possible," the championship boxer said. "He's the best trainer ever. There will never be another trainer that's better than my dad."
Mayweather added he was grateful for the advice his father gave him early in his career.
"I said, 'You know what? I'm going to take less punishment,'" the younger Mayweather said. "I want to retire on my own terms, and I want to make smart investments so I'm able to live a comfortable life once my career is over."
Mayweather was joined in the men's modern category by Hopkins (2020), Juan Manuel Marquez (2020), Mosley (2020), Wladimir Klitschko (2021), Ward (2021), Miguel Cotto (2022), Jones (2022) and James Toney.