Ranked by ESPN as one of the greatest boxers of all time, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is ranked as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. Born into a family of boxers in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the three-time Golden Glove champion began boxing at the age of 7. Funneling his frustrations into boxing, he earned his first Olympic title, a bronze medal, when he was 19 years old. He finished his amateur career with a 84–8 record. Just two years later, he won his first world WBC title as a professional boxer, which crowned him champion of the super featherweight division.
He later went on to accumulate titles in four other weight classes while retaining an undefeated record. Mayweather Jr. is a five-division world champion who has won eight world titles and remains undefeated. The boxing champ has retired three times in his career only to get drawn back into the ring to defend his highly contested reign: in 2007 against Ricky Hotton, which ended in a KO; again in 2009 against lightweight champion and #2 pound-for-pound Juan Manuel Márquez; and in the 2017 punishing crossover match against MMA star Conor McGregor, where he TKO’d the younger athlete. He currently holds the longest active unbeaten streak in a professional boxing career at 50–0, earning him recognition as the best boxer of his generation.
Throughout his career, Mayweather was a prime-time cable mainstay, garnering 23.8 million Pay Per View buys and $1.67 billion in revenue total. The featherweight champ was valued at $285 million in 2018, according to Forbes, making him the world’s highest paid athlete at that time.
Mayweather's other accolades include being a two-time winner of The Ring magazine's Fighter of the Year award (1998 and 2007), a three-time winner of the Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year award (2007, 2013, and 2015) and a six-time winner of the Best Fighter ESPY Award (2007–2010, 2012–2014). However, the all-time champion’s career has been plagued by domestic abuse charges in addition to battery and violence cases.