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When you ask the question about how tall is Mayweather, your mind will automatically think of his 5 foot 8 inches height, but this is not so. Floyd has a long reach of 72 inches and is one of the greatest pound for pound fighters of all time. He has fought his way into the boxing hall of fame, despite his smaller frame. Mayweather is a tall man in many aspects when you look at the achievements that he has made; we will go through these in this article.
Floyd Mayweather’s Boxing Career
Floyd Mayweather Jr., is formerly an American professional boxer, and is now a boxing promoter. He ran an undefeated boxing career and is considered one of the greatest fighters of all time. He is a five-division world champion and has won 12 world titles. He has also dominated the lineal championship in 4 different weight classes.
Ring Magazine gave him the Fighter of the Year Award in 1998 and 2007. He has won the ESPY Best Fighter Award for six times between 2007 and 2014, with a break in 2011. The Boxing Writers Association of America has given him the Fighter of the Year Award in 2007, 2013 and 2015. In 2016, he finally won BoxRec’s award as the top pound for pound fighter of all time. He is also the greatest welterweight of all time. ESPN, in 2016, said that he is the greatest pound for pound fighter in the last 25 years.
Sports News and Boxing Sites have rated Mayweather as the top pound for pound fighter for a length of 10 years. These include BoxRec, Fox sports, The Rig, Yahoo and Sports Illustrated. The Forbes and Sports Illustrated list of the top 50 highest paid athletes have listed him in 2012 and 2013 respectively; he landed on the Forbes list in 2014 and 2015 once more.
The financial success of Floyd Mayweather
In the year 2007, Floyd Mayweather defected from Bob Arum’s Top Rank and started his own boxing promotional firm called Mayweather Promotions. Forbes, Sports Illustrated and Fortune magazines have named him as the highest paid athlete in the whole world. Mayweather Jr. is estimated as having a net worth of $280 million and his career earnings stand at $430 million.
It is no wonder that people have nicknamed him as “Money”. Mayweather has a current 2-year contract with Showtime for a large $180 million. He also gets money from all his fights. Tim Smith, a writer for Bleacher Report, says that Mayweather has a business model that is close to that employed by some of the major music artist groups. The model is one where the promoter gets a flat fee for handling the promotion and marketing duties, and Floyd rents the whole fighting bout; he banks all the money from merchandising, concessions and ticket sales. Floyd has been quoted as saying to CNN’s Rachel Nichols that all his money is for his children, who he loves very much and would like to have a bright future.
As a spender, Floyd is indeed a very tall man. He has fleets of cars and a private jet at his disposal. He goes for jewelry buying sprees that could literally knock you out. If you look at his Twitter and Instagram accounts, you will see a public display of his great taste for the finer things in life. He is also very generous to the people who he loves; friends and family alike.
When was Floyd Mayweather not so tall?
At one point in his life, Floyd did not seem too tall. He spent time in jail for attacking an ex-girlfriend in front of their children. He is known to have plenty of women, and several children, but this was a low moment in his life. Floyd spent 60 days in prison before being released.
Floyd Mayweather came from a lineage of boxers, with his father Floyd Mayweather Senior being a welterweight contender, who fought Sugar Ray Leonard, and his uncles being champions. He has indeed stood tall as the rest of his family in the boxing world. Apart from his boxing prowess, Floyd has also stood tall as a businessman and has amassed great wealth. Apart from the slight blemish in his life, he has risen back to be a tall fighter and entrepreneur. The boxing world looks up to him as one of their best. At the age of 38, he is slowing down, but still stands a head and shoulder above all the rest.