Floyd Mayweather, Jr. : biography
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (born Floyd Sinclair; February 24, 1977) is an American professional boxer, currently undefeated as a professional. He is a five-division world champion, who has won eight world titles and the Lineal championship in three different weight classes. Mayweather is a two-time Ring Fighter of the Year (winning the award in 1998 and 2007); he also won the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) Fighter of the Year award in 2007 and the Best Fighter ESPY Award in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012.
Mayweather is the WBC welterweight champion, WBA (Super) super welterweight champion, recipient of the WBC diamond super welterweight belt, current Ring #1 ranked welterweight, and Ring #1 ranked junior middleweight. He is also rated as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world by many sporting news and boxing websites, including Ring, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, BoxRec, Fox Sports, and Yahoo! Sports. Mayweather topped the Forbes and Sports Illustrated lists of the 50 highest-paid athletes of 2012.http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/18/sports/behind-the-scenes-haymon-is-shaking-up-the-fight-game.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all
Mayweather resides in a 22,000-square-foot, five-bedroom, seven-bath custom-built home in Sun City Summerlin, Nevada.
In 2002, Mayweather was charged with two counts of domestic violence and one count of misdemeanor battery. He received a six-month suspended sentence, two days of house arrest and was ordered to perform 48 hours of community service. In 2004 Mayweather was given a one-year suspended jail sentence, ordered to undergo counseling for "impulse control" and pay a $1,000 fine (or perform 100 hours of community service) after being convicted of two counts of misdemeanor battery against two women. In 2005 Mayweather pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor battery charge after kicking a bouncer, receiving a 90-day suspended jail sentence.
On September 9, 2010 it was reported that Mayweather was being sought by police for questioning after his former girlfriend, Josie Harris, filed a domestic battery report against him. Harris accused Mayweather of battery in the past, but those charges were dropped in July 2005 after Harris testified that she had lied and that Mayweather had not battered her.. Sports.espn.go.com (September 9, 2010). Retrieved on June 20, 2011. Mayweather was taken into custody September 10, 2010, but was released after posting $3,000 bail. Mayweather was initially charged with felony theft (stemming from the disappearance of Harris’s mobile phone); on September 16 two felony coercion charges, one felony robbery charge, one misdemeanor domestic-battery charge and three misdemeanor harassment charges were added.
On December 21, 2011, a judge sentenced Mayweather to serve 90 days in the county jail for battery upon his ex-girlfriend in September 2010. Mayweather reached a deal with prosecutors in which he pled guilty to misdemeanor battery in exchange for prosecutors dropping the felony battery charge. Mayweather also pled no contest to two counts of misdemeanor harassment, stemming from threats to his children. In addition to the 90-day sentence Mayweather was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service, a 12-month domestic-violence program and to pay a fine of $2,500. On June 1 Mayweather began serving his county jail sentence, and was released in August 2012.
Major World Titles:
- WBC Super Featherweight Champion (130 lbs)
- WBC Lightweight Champion (135 lbs)
- WBC Light Welterweight Champion (140 lbs)
- IBF Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
- WBC Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
- WBC Light Middleweight Champion (154 lbs)
- (2) WBC Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
- WBA Light Middleweight Champion (154 lbs)