Fighting is as old as time. Throughout history since Rome had gladiators, fighting has been a form of amusement and entertainment for the masses. The form and production of fighting has evolved into a multi-million dollar industry. Floyd Joy Mayweather, Jr. is an American professional boxer who as a result of his dedication to the sport has remained undefeated, has experienced impressive earnings due to his success, and his envisions of retiring as an undefeated legend is quite promising.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. was born into a family of boxers and he started boxing when he was seven years old. His first trainer, his father was likely training him even before that. Mayweather Jr. credits his legendary defensive tactics to his father, who was a Welterweight Champion contender. His father was his manager and trainer until some conflict arose in 2000 and after that his uncle, who is also a champion boxer as well; has trained him since then.
He won eighty-four out of ninety of his amateur boxing fights before he signed to go professional at age nineteen on October 11, 1996. Mayweather has dedicated his whole life to professional boxing and he is well aware of his abilities. Before he gained the WBC super featherlight world title in 1998 he won seventeen professional fights. Mayweather has fought to defend his world title eight times. He has been successful in every weight class he has fought in and he has triumphantly won each fight.
(Routledge) He was born with a natural talent for boxing and has advanced his skills throughout his career. When a person is the best in their field, some would say they should earn whatever the market is willing to pay for their skill set. With estimated earnings of $90,000,000, Mayweather Jr. is the highest paid athlete in the United States.
For two years in a row he has been featured in Sport’s Illustrated Fortunate Fifty’s countdown of US athletes’ earnings. Mayweather Jr. signed a prosperous contract with the television channel Showtime. In the contract signed February 2012, Showtime is promised him at least $200 million for six fights within thirty months.
This has been an almost unprecedented amount of money for his profession. (Roberts) People anticipate who will be next to go against Mayweather, there is a lot of money to be made in the marketing and promotion in boxing. Although Mayweather Jr. might be the best in the game, he is still heedful of his opponents; and there is much anticipation for him to step into the ring with Manny Pacquio. The anticipation has lead to it being referred to as ‘The Five-Year engagement’ because neither boxer has agreed to fight. (Friedman) Now that Pacquio has a hand in politics, it is unsure whether the engagement will still actually be pursued.
There are other potential opponents that could challenge Mayweather’s undefeated record before his final retirement. Mayweather has gone into retirement before but he says he will retire from boxing for good in 2015. (Roberts) Mayweather is careful about who he plans to fight before the end of his career. With extreme effort and commitment Mayweather Jr. has managed to pave out a place in pugilism history because he ha strategically trained and planned each opponent in his professional career.
He has had adequate support from the boxers in his family and trainers to develop his skills and tactics to be possibly one of the best boxers in history. It is very likely that Mayweather will remain undefeated until his retirement because of his exceptional skills and strategic planning of opponents and fights that will allow him to polarize his name and title in boxing history.
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