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Boxing's Pound for Pound King: Floyd Mayweather Jr

March 19, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 204

Floyd Mayweather Jr. was born Floyd George Sinclair on February 24, 1977 in Grand Rapids, MI, USA into a family of boxers. His father, Floyd Mayweather Sr. was a former welterweight contender who fought the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard during his heyday. His uncles, Jeff Mayweather and Roger Mayweather were also professional boxers with Roger - his current trainer - winning two world championships and Jeff, a former IBO super featherweight champion. His father took him to the gym to train and work on his boxing since his early childhood days. Boxing became Mayweather's outlet, eventually dropping out of high school. "I knew that I was going to have to try to take care of my mom and I made the decision that school wasn't that important at the time and I was going to have to box to earn a living," Mayweather says.

Mayweather had an amateur record of 84 wins and 6 losses and won national Golden Gloves championships in 1993 (at 106 lb), 1994 (at 114 lb), and 1996 (at 125 lb). In his orthodox defensive stance, Mayweather often utilizes the 'shoulder roll'. The shoulder roll is an old-school boxing technique in which the right hand is held a little higher than normal, the left hand is down around the midsection, and the lead shoulder is raised high on the cheek in order to cover the chin and block punches. The right hand (from orthodox stance) is used as it normally would be to block punches coming from the other side, such as left hooks. From this stance, Mayweather blocks, slips, and deflects most of his opponents' punches, even when cornered, by twisting left and right to the rhythm of their punches.

Mayweather fought his first professional bout on October 11, 1996 against Roberto Apodaca who at the time was also fighting professionally for the first time. Apodoca was knocked-out in round 2. By 1998, Mayweather won his first world title: the WBC junior lightweight (130 lb) championship, defeating then undefeated Genaro Hernandez after 8 rounds. In 2002, he moved up to the lightweight (135 lb) division, fighting 4 world championship fights. Mayweather then moved up to the junior welterweight (140 lb) in 2004, fighting against southpaw DeMarcus Corley and winning via unanimous decision in his only fight for that year. On April 8, 2006, Mayweather defeated Zab Judah for the IBF and vacant IBO world welterweight titles by unanimous decision. He vacated the IBF title on June 20, 2006 after much controversy.

Mayweather's next match was the long-anticipated superfight against six-division champion and current WBC junior middleweight title-holder Oscar De La Hoya on May 5, 2007.Mayweather Jr. won the bout by a split decision, winning the title and improving his record to 38-0. After his fight with De La Hoya, Mayweather decided to relinquish his WBC junior middleweight championship and kept his WBC welterweight championship. By December 8, 2007, Mayweather was on the ring again, this time squaring off with Ricky Hatton, defeating him in 10 rounds. He went into semi-retirement after this, concentrating on "Mayweather Promotions".

On September 19, 2009, Mayweather came out of a 21-month retirement to fight Juan Manuel Marquez at a catch weight of 144 lbs whom he totally dominated in all 12 rounds. His next fight would come much later, on May 1, 2010, against Shane Mosley for the WBA Super welterweight title. He eventually won via unanimous decision. His final match to date was held on September 17, 2011 against Victor Ortiz at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. In the fourth round, both fighters touched gloves and Ortiz gave Mayweather a hug. As Ortiz let go, Mayweather unloaded a left hook. This occurred while the referee wasn't looking. Ortiz then glanced at the referee and Mayweather connected with a flush right hand to Ortiz's face. This resulted in a knockout - to the jeers of the crowd who considered the move as a sucker punch.

On May 5, 2012, Mayweather would be challenging Miguel Cotto for the WBA Super Light Middleweight Belt. Mayweather claimed that he is the greatest boxer ever, saying: "I respect what Robinson and Ali did for the sport. But I am the greatest, and this is my time."

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