Floyd Joy Mayweather, Jr. (born Floyd Joy Sinclair on February 24, 1977) is an American professional boxer, widely recognized as the very best boxer of his generation, and amongst the all-time greatest fighters to ever live. He is undefeated as a professional and is a five-division world champion, having won twelve world titles and the lineal championship in four different weight classes.
Mayweather is a two-time Ring magazine Fighter of the Year (winning the award in 1998 and 2007); he also won the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) Fighter of the Year award in 2007, 2013 and the Best Fighter ESPY Award in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014. Mayweather was honored with “The Best Ever Award” by Spike TV in 2015. Boxrec currently rates Mayweather as the 7th greatest pound for pound fighter of all time, and the greatest pound for pound welterweight of all time. Mayweather is the WBC, WBA, and Ring welterweight champion, and the WBC Super, WBA, and Ring junior middleweight champion.
He is also rated as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world by many sporting news and boxing websites, including The Ring, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, BoxRec, Fox Sports, and Yahoo! Sports. Mayweather topped the Forbes and Sports Illustrated lists of the 50 highest-paid athletes of 2012 and 2013, and the Forbes list again in 2014, listing Mayweather as the highest paid athlete in the world. Mayweather had also founded Mayweather Promotions in 2007, his own boxing promotional firm after defecting from Bob Arum’s Top Rank.