Boxing: Floyd Mayweather returns with his mind on the money
Fight game's supreme craftsman is back after a prison term to open his account in $200m deal
Sunday 28 April 2013
For a man whose middle name is Joy, Floyd Mayweather Jnr has never exuded sweetness and light. Until the recent advent of the equally narcissistic Adrien Broner, his reputation was unrivalled as the nastiest piece of work in boxing and he relished every moment of the opprobrium.
Mayweather used to be known as Pretty Boy but now calls himself Money, no doubt because it is a commodity he loves above everything else – apart from himself.
Next Saturday boxing's supreme craftsman, eight times an unbeaten champion in five different weight classes, returns to the ring in Las Vegas seven months after serving a 90-day jail term for assaulting a girlfriend and threatening to harm two of their children.
He meets Robert Guerrero, a typical Mexican-American hard nut, in a WBC world welterweight title fight that will enrich one of the world's highest-earning sports figures by some $30m, the first instalment of the six-fight $200m (£130m) deal he has signed with TV company Showtime and adding to his already accumulated $213m.
So Mayweather has money to burn – and he has done so literally, setting fire to $100 bills for a bit of a giggle in an Atlanta nightclub. Aping this tasteless public profligacy, Broner recently released a video showing him flushing greenbacks down the toilet. But his bills were of the $20 dollar variety. Cheapskate.
Mayweather's life has been embroiled in violence, in the ring and out. He was involved in a dispute with his father Floyd Snr, a former fighter, famously brawling with him in the gym. The wounds of their relationship are deep-seated, tracing back to when Floyd Snr allegedly held up his baby son as a shield during a gangland shoot-out in the late 1970s, a claim he denies. His father, who trained him for a time, is back in his corner for this fight.
Of his jail term Mayweather Jnr says: "Better men than me have been there. I'm pretty sure Martin Luther King's been there, and Malcolm X. I have taken the good with the good in life so I'll accept the bad with the bad. It's just an obstacle that's put in your way. I can get through anything."
He may have been accused of many lapses into notoriety but as a boxer he is unblemished and ruthless in his dedication, for all his bling and braggadocio. His is a consistent masterclass in the art of backfoot boxing. No opponent has yet fathomed him out and it will be a big ask for Guerrero, a 30-year-old southpaw with only one defeat in a 35-bout career, to do what a brutalised Ricky Hatton and 42 others could not.
Ironically Guerrero, a six-times world champion in four weight divisions whose wife is battling cancer, could be following Mayweather to jail next month following his arrest at JFK Airport in New York after a gun and three unloaded magazine clips were found in his luggage, a federal offence. Only in America.
Mayweather v Guerrero is live on BoxNation (Sky channel 437/ Virgin 546. www.boxnation.com
Culinary experts in The Netherlands thought it was 'fresh' and 'tasty'
Of all the computers Apple has ever made there’s only one that Steve Jobs had to sell his car to finance
Actress sees off speculation about her face in an amazing way
Marvel has released first teaser trailer week early after it leaked online
Latest in Sport
Anderlecht vs Arsenal match report: Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski pounce as Arsenal leave it late
Manchester United vs Chelsea: Daley Blind admits United must 'play our best game' to get a result at Old Trafford
Liverpool vs Real Madrid player ratings: Was Cristiano Ronaldo the star man? And how did Mario Balotelli fare?
Liverpool vs Real Madrid match report: Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema run Reds ragged at Anfield
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was shirt swapping the real reason?
- 1 As an ex prostitute, I urge all the political parties to commit to the Sex Buyer Law
- 2 Nokia no more: Microsoft drops once-ubiquitous mobile name – in favour of its Lumia brand
- 3 Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery: 'I'm living a fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
- 4 Australian café owner sparks debate after saying 'No' to having unruly children on premises
- 5 Couple die within 28 hours of each other after being married for 73 years
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
£20000 - £22000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: A highly successful and w...
£120 - £130 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Are you a quailed Teacher ...
£40 - £80 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Are you an experience SEN Te...
£21000 - £35000 per annum: Randstad Education Cambridge: ICT/Business Studies ...