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 with the upcoming Conor McGregor fight on the way, 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.