5. Unusual Habits
Many of you might already know that Floyd Mayweather is rich. And when I say rich, that is a big understatement. Mayweather has a net worth of around $340 million and has been named Forbes’ highest paid athlete of 2012, 2014 and 2015. But what you may not know is what Mayweather does with his vast sums of money. One thing Mayweather does with his money is collecting lots of expensive watches and has even gone as far as naming each watch! He has also reportedly spent $100,000 in one strip club visit. Mayweather revealed that he does not wear the same underwear twice and similarly, he does not wear the same sneakers twice. He has his own private jet and makes his big bulky bodyguards fly on a separate plane due to fears of them weighing down his own aircraft. Furthermore, it has also been reported that Mayweather spends $1000 on a haircut at least two, maybe even three times a week. Yeah, I know what you are thinking… Expensive right? Mayweather has his own personal chef who works for him 24/7. His chef, Quiana Jeffries even recalled a story of Mayweather calling at 4 in the morning for some oxtail.
4. Domestic Battery
Mayweather has been in trouble with the law on numerous occasions. You could attribute it to his rough upbringing as a child (which we’ll get into more detail for number 3). In 2002, Mayweather was charged with two counts of domestic violence and one count of misdemeanour battery. In 2004, Mayweather was convicted of two counts of misdemeanour battery against two women. In 2005, Mayweather was charged with a misdemeanour battery charge again but this time for hitting and kicking a bouncer. All these misdemeanours kind of remind me of this one naughty kid you would always get in school. And Floyd in this example is that kid. In 2011, Mayweather pleaded guilty to a misdemeanour battery charge against his former girlfriend Josie Harris. He was also charged with two counts of misdemeanour harassment, stemming from threats to his children.
3. Rough Childhood
Mayweather was born in a family of boxers and had a tough upbringing according to himself. He lived with his mother in New Jersey in a tiny house where he shared a bedroom with four siblings. His mum was a heavy drug user with Mayweather recalling that it was not uncommon to come home from school and find used heroin needles in his front yard. He also had an aunt who died of AIDS because of her drug use. As for Mayweather’s father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., he was known for having a bad temper that often resulted in violence. He was also involved in the drugs trade and was known for selling drugs. He even ended up serving a jail sentence for cocaine trafficking. While talking about his father Floyd said: ““I don’t remember him ever taking me anywhere or doing anything that a father would do with a son, going to the park or to the movies or to get ice cream.” He also said: “I always thought that he liked his daughter (Floyd’s older sister) better than he liked me because she never got whippings and I got whippings all the time.” Looking back at his upbringing Mayweather said: “When people see what I have now, they have no idea of where I came from and how I didn’t have anything growing up.”
2. Justin Bieber
Floyd Mayweather and pop singer, Justin Bieber have a well-documented friendship. It is said that their relationship surged due to Mayweather’s youngest daughter Iyanna being a big Justin Bieber fan. This led to Bieber escorting Mayweather to the ring on multiple occasions. Mayweather has even trained the young popstar in his Las Vegas gym and allowed him to sit ringside during his boxing matches. He claims Bieber has exhibited decent skills as a pugilist. The two have even been spotted vacationing together where Bieber helped Mayweather count his cash.
1. Last Defeat
Although Mayweather has never tasted defeat as a professional boxer, he has lost during his amateur boxing career. His last defeat came in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics against Bulgarian boxer Serafim Todorov. However, although Todorov won by majority decision, controversy arose in the judging as many questioned there was collusion present due to the referee initially raising Mayweather’s hand (thinking he had won) before declaring the actual winner which was Todorov. The Bulgarian responded saying: “He was 19 remember. My experience was much stronger. I beat all the Russians, all the Cubans, some Americans, Germans, Olympic champions. I was making fun of them in the ring. British, French — I beat them all.” Todorov who is actually the last person to defeat Mayweather in a competitive match is currently living anonymously in Bulgaria and is unemployed. Whereas Mayweather is living a life of luxury. But we’ll just have to wait and see what the future holds next month when Mayweather comes face to face with Conor McGregor.