Floyd Mayweather Jr. is an American professional boxer currently residing in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is well known for never having been beaten as a professional and is described as a money making machine. He is a five-division world champion, having won eight world titles and the lineal championship in three different weight classes. Mayweather is a two-time Ring magazine Fighter of the Year, has won the Boxing Writer’s Association of America Fighter of the Year and the Best Fighter ESPY award five times. What a lot of people don’t know is Mayweather’s difficult childhood. He grew up with a father who dealt drugs and a mother who was addicted to drugs. His father has served time for drug trafficking.
Mayweather grew up a lot at his grandmother’s and she was the one who encouraged him to keep going as a boxer telling him he would make it big. His father often brought him to the gym for training and other family members were boxers as well so when his father went to jail, Mayweather’s uncle helped train him. He dropped out of high school to become more serious about boxing. It was clear to him that he would have to take care of his mother, also, so he could then have more time with her and earn enough income to care for her. Seeing who he has become and how far he has come, a lot of people don’t realize the conditions in which he had to grow up. Mayweather is now living in luxury with everything he could want. However, he was charged for domestic abuse and did have to serve a short sentence of 87 days in 2012. Either way, Floyd Mayweather’s hard work and determination has turned him into a legend.