Born: February 24, 1977, Michigan, United States | Successful For: Boxer | Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
3 Reasons Why Floyd Mayweather Became Successful:
Money Mayweather Found That Deep Connection With What He Loved & What He Was Destined For:
According to a New York Times interview, Floyd’s father said that ''He was training to be a fighter in the crib. No kidding. He was throwing jabs even then. And then when he got a little older he'd be beating the doorknobs.'' Apparently Mayweather was introduced shortly after he began to walk. His father and uncles were all famous boxers and Floyd Sr. would hold his son in front of speed bags. Pretty early on, Mayweather was throwing punches at nearly anything in his sight and by age 7 he was fitted for his first pair of gloves. As a kid, he was known for being in the gym all the time, and conveniently enough, it was located just 5 minutes from their house. "I've had boxing gloves on since before I could walk and been in gyms my whole life." The fellow who ran the local gym, Bruce Kielty, has claimed that as far as he remember, Floyd would stand on an apple box to reach the speed bag and balance off the tilting box where he learned how to shift quickly with his feet and hands, all at the age of 10. Through all the controversies that Mayweather had to deal with at his home (including the fact that seven people were sleeping in one room with no electricity at times), he would always find his inner peace in the ring. He was always so passionate about the sport, admitting “I think I already proved that I wasn't just fighting for the money, because I fought as an amateur. I fought 90 fights for free.”
Mayweather Punched Through The Struggles, Jabbed Through The Obstacles:
“A true champion will fight through anything.” And Mayweather certainly lived through his own philosophy. As far back as 2 years old, when he was held by his father in front of a shotgun held by an associate who had a drug dealing conflict with his father, who ended up being shot in the leg as as opposed to the young baby. “When people see what I have now, they have no idea of where I came from and how I didn't have anything growing up.” It was a fairly regular thing for young Mayweather to come home from school to find used needles in his front yard. His mom was an addict and he even had an aunt who died from AIDS because of drug use. These early childhood nightmares made him make an early decision to never smoke, drink or do drugs, which he never has. Boxing was always his escape, especially from his violent temperamental drug dealing father who would often beat him. “I come from a very rough background, and I'm saying that if you work hard and dedicate yourself that you can make it, too.” Although he has a perfect record with no losses, it wasn’t always the case. Initially in his amateur career, he had lost a seldom 6 times out of 90 followed by a controversial loss in the 96 Olympics to earn him a bronze medal. These losses gave him a chip on his shoulder and sparked a competitive fire within. “If anyone has followed my career, they know that there's been a lot of obstacles and a lot of ups and down through my career. But day in and day out, and in the square circle, I went out there and always did my best.”
Floyd Mayweather Believed In Himself, Believed In His Worth, And Envisioned His Future:
“They kind of believe, I really believe, they think they’re great, I know I’m great.” Mayweather had learned early on that he needed to empower himself and get his focus on the future. He visualized ever since he was young of the life he wanted and what he desired. In an interview he stated "I would lie in bed, and I was nine years old, and say to myself: 'I want to be the richest man in the world.' I've come a long way from there." Regardless of his surroundings, he constantly focused on his boxing future. “You know, as a young child, I lay in my bedroom and I swore to myself then: 'I'm not going to smoke and I'm not going to drink.' And I said I'm not going to just say that when I'm a kid. I'm going to stick to that as an adult. I kept that in mind my whole life.” He claims to have never really considered doing anything other than boxing. He recalls his grandmother first saw his potential and when young Floyd said he should go out and get a job, his grandmother insisted 'No, just keep boxing'. Eventually he would drop out of high school admitting "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". It's easy to see that Mayweather had unwavering self-belief. In this video, Floyd further showcases his strong belief in himself and his conviction that he knew he would be great. While many think he is being cocky, he's actually just extremely confident in himself, and his inner beliefs have taken him to the top. "I push myself to the limit."
"Everything people say I couldn't do I've done."
– Quote by Floyd Mayweather Jr.
He never seems to listen or care too much about the critics. He let's it fuel and motivate him. And he never let's the hate effect him negatively admitting that "People have said things about me, and wrote and criticized me about things in the past, but it goes in one ear and out the other."
Aside from all the scrutiny he faces and all the challenges he's faced, Mayweather actually is a very wise individual who cares a whole lot about family and values. His father and him have battled a lot over the years and he has admitted that when his father was sent to jail he claimed "I wanted to cry, seeing him like that, but I was supposed to be a man. So I didn't.'' And even though he has had an on-off relationship with his father and has had to fire or let go of his uncle or his father (because they don't get along) he admits that he really values family. Mayweather has attempted to get his father and his uncle to act like brothers again on a few occasions and his uncle Roger has said on his nephew "He figures he can do that basically by having us in the corner together,". Mayweather has even moved many of his relatives close to his house in Vegas. And almost his entire boxing career he has had either his uncle or his father as a trainer or coach.
“Most people should be talking about how Floyd Mayweather is a great undefeated future Hall of Famer that's his own promoter and that works extremely hard to get to where he's at. Instead, all you hear is hate and jealous remarks from critics who criticize me and, you know, most of the time, the people that criticize me can't do what I can do.”
- Floyd Mayweather Jr.
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