Floyd Mayweather Jr. is an American Professional boxer. Born on February 24, 1977 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His nicknames in the ring are “Pretty boy” because early in his career for his unmarked face and “Money” for being one of the highest-paid athletes. He is a five-division world champion (has won world titles in at least five different weight classes), who has won eight world titles and the Lineal championship in three different weight classes.
Mayweather is a two-time Ring 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 and the Best Fighter ESPY Award in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012. At the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Mayweather won a bronze medal by reaching the semi-finals of the featherweight division. Not to mention he is undefeated as a professional boxer with his record at 43 wins, 26 by knockout. He is rated as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world by many sporting news and boxing websites, including Sports Illustrated, ESPN, BoxRec, Fox Sports, and Yahoo!
Sports. In 2010 he was the third highest-paid American athlete, with income of more than $60 million for the year. Mayweather topped the Forbes and Sports Illustrated lists of the 50 highest-paid athletes of 2012. With all the money Mayweather has obtained during the years, he is kind enough to give back to the community. Foresight, generosity and a desire to help underprivileged youth in Las Vegas, Nevada prompted boxing champion Floyd Mayweather to establish the foundation that today bears his name, The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation (FMJF).
In 2007, Floyd decided to put to use his star power by founding FMJF, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empower and promote the social development and advancement of struggling adults and adolescents. One program called Fight 4 Your Education seeks to help Nevada students improve their state test scores and teach them important life skills. The foundation recognizes the importance of financial literacy, especially in economically challenged areas in the Las Vegas Valley, and through various outreach programs, TFMJF provides Financial Literacy classes for all age groups.
Alongside teaching financial literacy, TFMJF provides free life skills workshops which have been designed to highlight a variety important factors such as honesty, responsibility, time management, self-awareness, stress reduction, staying healthy, communication, interview conduct and application completion. Each workshop may focus on a variety of different factors/topics. TFMJF also provides free writing workshops for students as it seeks to bridge the gaps that many people experience because of writing skills deficiencies.
These workshops teach students skills such as grammar use, cover letter and resume writing, and college essay writing. The foundation also holds two annual book drives (in April and October) to promote reading outside of the classroom, as reading fluency and comprehension skills are essential to success in the classroom. The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation’s focus is on: community health and wellness, economic growth and development and youth education. The Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Foundation can be found on the website tfmjf. org and tfmjf page on Facebook. Mayweather appeared on the fifth season of Dancing with the Stars; his partner was Ukrainian-American professional ballroom dancer Karina Smirnoff. On October 16, 2007, Smirnoff and Mayweather were the fourth couple to be eliminated from the competition, finishing in ninth place. Mayweather also appeared at World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)’s No Way Out pay-per-view event on February 17, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.