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Floyd Mayweather's Biography

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Floyd Mayweather was born on 24 February 1977 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

In 2007, Mayweather, nicknamed Pretty Boy, was regarded as the world's No 1-ranked pound-for-pound boxer. He was the world champion in five different weight classes.

In May 2007, Floyd Mayweather Jr won the WBC junior middleweight title when he beat Oscar De La Hoya in a split decision.

The bout drew a record pay-per-view audience of 2.15 million and Mayweather was estimated to be between $25 and $30 million richer after it.

In spite of being scheduled to fight Ricky Hatton in December 2007, Floyd Mayweather Jr. took the opportunity to enter the fifth series of Dancing With the Stars, partnering Karina Smirnoff.

However, in the fourth week of Dancing with the Stars, where all the dance partnerships seemed to have raised their game, Floyd Mayweather and Karina Smirnoff were voted off.

In December 2007, Floyd Mayweather stopped Ricky Hatton in round 10 and said "I'm not going to let boxing retire me, I'm going to retire from boxing."

In June 2008, Floyd Mayweather Jr announced his retirement from boxing.

On 20 September 2009, Floyd Mayweather Jr returned to boxing and gained a unanimous points victory over Juan Manuel Marquez.

On 31 December 2009, Manny Pacquiao started legal action against Floyd Mayweather for accusing him of taking performance-enhancing drugs. They had been due to fight on 13 March 2010, however Pacquaio withdrew following a disagreement about blood tests.

On 1 May 2010, Floyd Mayweather scored a unanimous points win over Shane Mosley in a welterweight non-title bout, thereby extending his winning record to 41-0.

In June 2011, Floyd Mayweather announced that he would challenge Victor Ortiz for the WBC welterweight title on 17 September 2011.

Mayweather knocked out Ortiz in the fourth round in controversial circumstances.

In December 2011, he was sentenced to 90 days in prison after pleading guilty to assaulting his former girlfriend, Josie Harris in 2010.

On 5 May 2013, Floyd Mayweather Jr won his 44th consecutive fight with a points decision over Robert Guerrero. It was his first fight for a year.

On 13 September 2015, Floyd Mayweather beat Andre Berto to equal Rocky Marciano's record of 49 straight wins.

In 2017, he beat UFC's Conor McGregor.

In December 2018, he beat Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa.

In March 2020, the aforementioned Josie Harris, the mother to three of Floyd Mayweather's children, was found dead in her car in California.

Soon after, Floyd's coach and uncle Roger Mayweather died.

In December 2020, Floyd Mayweather revealed that he would box Youtuber Logan Paul in a "special exhibition" fight in February 2021.

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