From rags to riches
Once upon a time, Floyd Mayweather was known to boxing fans around the world as “Pretty Boy” Floyd, but the champion eventually adopted a new nickname: “Money.” Considering he’s one of the wealthiest athletes in the world, the change makes sense, and after earning a series of sizable paychecks, the boxer topped Forbes‘ list of highest-paid athletes in 2012, 2014, and 2015.
However, Mayweather hasn’t always been rolling in the dough. As a kid, Mayweather had a crack-addict mom and an abusive dad (more on him later), and he often found himself living without electricity or hot water. Sometimes he found himself sharing a bedroom with seven family members. Talking about one of his early homes (he moved a lot between New Jersey and Michigan), Mayweather said, “It smelt of urine to outsiders who came in, but to me it never because I was used to it.”
To make money, young Mayweather told The Guardian that he would do backflips for a buck to buy a meal at Burger King. In the meantime, he dreamed of becoming a boxer and hoped he could make enough money to make life better for his family. Jump forward a couple of decades, and Mayweather has earned over $700 million by punching people in the face. And after his fight with Conor McGregor, it’s likely that Mayweather will become the third person in history to earn $1 billion from his athletic career (not adjusting for inflation), following in the footsteps of Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods.