Floyd Mayweather is the quintessential sports villain. He’s the guy you love to hate. Whether it’s the well-publicized arrests, horrendously discounting his domestic abuse history as “heresay,” shamelessly flaunting his millions on Instagram, or charging $90 for the so-called “Fight of the Century,” Floyd Mayweather has made a lot of enemies over his two-decade career. But rather than eschewing this label, Mayweather embraces—and prospers—off of his bad-boy image. He made over $200 million dollars for his fight against Manny Pacquiao and has a net worth of at least $400 million. The only athletes who have made more are Michael Jordan and Arnold Palmer.
Despite what you see on Instagram and ESPN, there’s more to Mayweather than a bad attitude and hundreds of millions of dollars. His likes, dislikes, and philanthropic activities seem out-of-character for a person nicknamed “Money,” but they are all an important part of the man that is Floyd Mayweather.
Whether you love him or hate him, there’s a lot you may not know about him. These are 23 Things You Didn’t Know About Floyd Mayweather.
His middle name is Joy.
The undefeated champ’s middle name is Joy. He was named after his dad, Floyd Joy Mayweather Sr. Not a name you would expect an undefeated boxing champion to have.
He’s a Boston sports fan.
During an online chat with fans in 2008, Mayweather said he roots for “any team that’s in Boston. The Red Sox.”
His favorite movie is “The Notebook.”
“I really like The Notebook,” Mayweather told Yahoo Sports in 2011. “I mean, who don’t want to die next to your better half, holding hands. Die in your sleep next to the woman that you love, holding hands. That way, neither of you will ever be lonely. This is an amazing story. When you get old, what could be more beautiful than that? I feel like if I leave this earth and leave my better half, she is going to be lonely.”
Most guys will never admit it, but The Notebook is a legitimate classic. It’s okay to say it.
He doesn’t drink or smoke.
Mayweather often flaunts his wild lifestyle. However, he says he leads a straight-edge life.
He mentioned his abstinence from drugs and alcohol as a key to his boxing success in 2012. Mayweather has even gone as far as to refrain from being around marijuana smoke out of fear it would cause a negative drug test.
He’s boys with Bieber because his daughter’s a fan.
Mayweather and Justin Bieber have a well-documented friendship. Bieber has accompanied Mayweather into the ring several times, and the two have even vacationed together—where Bieber helped Mayweather count his cash. 50 Cent claims that this friendship arose and endures because of Mayweather’s daughter, who is a big fan of the Biebs.
Yes, he can read.
50 Cent infamously challenged Mayweather to read a page of “The Cat in the Hat” book aloud in 2014. This challenge led to Power 105’s The Breakfast Club releasing a tape of Floyd struggling to read an ad aloud. Despite the accusations, Mayweather claims to be literate.
“Reading will not define my place in boxing history,” Mayweather told members of the media on the call to promote his fight with Marcos Maidana in 2014. “Will God not let me in heaven because I didn’t read like a news anchor? Look, I would be perfect at reading if it was how I made my living and fed my family.”
He wasn’t money on “Dancing With the Stars.”
He finished ninth on Dancing With the Stars in 2007.
Floyd Joy Mayweather: An undefeated boxing champion who enjoys Nicholas Sparks movies and ballroom dancing. This is the side of Floyd that doesn’t show up in the media or on his infamous Instagram page.
Mayweather’s prowess on the dance floor proved to be much less domineering than his ring presence. He was the fourth contestant eliminated of the 12 on the show.
He’s given food to Las Vegas’ homeless population.
Money has a charitable side. A 2009 Yahoo Sports profile documented Mayweather’s philanthropic activities and followed him around Las Vegas as he gave food to the city’s homeless.
Despite the goodwill, he said he does not do this for the publicity—or to change his dubious image.
“I don’t go talk to kids and I don’t go feed the homeless because I want someone to know about it,” Mayweather said. “I want to do it because I know there’s a need and I have the chance to do right. I don’t care who knows or who doesn’t know. As long as I help the kids and people who need help, that’s really what matters.”
He established the Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation in 2007.
Obama needed Mayweather’s help during his first presidential campaign.
Then-Senator Barack Obama requested a meeting with Mayweather in October 2007 during his first presidential campaign. At the time, the future Commander-in-Chief wanted the support of some elite athletes on the campaign trail, so he successfully sought Mayweather’s endorsement.
If you don’t know who he is, he’ll tell you.
Now this is the Floyd Mayweather we’re accustomed to. In 2014, Mayweather was caught on tape arguing with a woman in a London barbershop who claimed she did not know who he was.
“You know what Forbes magazine is?” Mayweather asks the woman. “Well you’re gonna pull up Forbes Magazine.”
He doesn’t always blast rap in the whip.
Despite Mayweather’s pre-fight playlist, he doesn’t always listen to rap.
“I feel like, you can’t be riding around in a nice rolls Royce Rolls bumping hardcore rap,” Mayweather said to Vibe in 2013. “It just don’t go together.”
He wants to own a NBA team.
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Mayweather’s gambling habits are well-documented on Instagram—he won over $800,000 one weekend last year. But is he considering eschewing gambling in order to buy an NBA team?
“You guys know I like to bet on sports,” Mayweather said in a press conference earlier this year. “But I’m looking forward to stepping back from betting on sports now. I’m looking forward to probably getting into ownership of an NBA team.”
The last boxer to beat him reportedly lives anonymously in Bulgaria.
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Mayweather was paid handsomely to headline “WrestleMania”
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A year after Donald Trump headlined WrestleMania in 2007, Mayweather was asked to do the deed. The 5’8”, 151 pound Mayweather was paid $20 million to take on the 7′, 400 pound Big Show. Mayweather won the match.
He’s done some rapping.
Mayweather released “Yep” in 2007, his first and only solo song. It’s about money, cars, guns; pretty much a prelude to what his Instagram page became. The song was used as his walk-out music at Wrestlemania.
He was also featured on the song “Undisputed” by Ludacris in 2009, where he pretty much pulled a Diddy from back in the day, blessing the track a few times with a “yeah, uh-huh.”
He loves money.
A fan once asked Mayweather if there was more to life than money. He pondered, thought for a minute, and replied by saying “Yeah, more money.”
He says he could have played in the NBA.
Had he not opted to become a boxer, Mayweather believes that he could have played in the NBA, telling HoopsHype in 2010, “If I took it serious…I’m a well-rounded athlete so I think I could have been a top college basketball player.”
Despite being on the small side, Mayweather didn’t think his stature was a deterrent.
“I’m skillful enough and talented enough,” he said. “So if somebody had taught me all the fundamentals of basketball, I guess I could have played in the NBA.”
He has played in several celebrity basketball games, both for charity and during NBA All-Star weekend. Maybe he could have been a Muggsy Bogues/Earl Boykins-type point guard?
His pre-fight musical tastes are diverse.
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Mayweather’s pre-fight favorites include a diverse collection of some of the most mainstream tracks known to man. Highlights include “We are the Champions” by Queen, “Started from the Bottom” by Drake, “Mama Said Knock You Out” by LL Cool J, and “U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer.
He’s got some dedicated fans.
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While Mayweather himself does not have any tattoos, one fan has dedicated an entire back piece to Mayweather. This piece includes three portraits, a “Money Team” logo, MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas in addition to many more Floyd momentos. This does not look like it will age well.
His culinary tastes are anything but fancy.
Mayweather has notoriously expensive tastes, but evidently not when it comes to food. His personal chef, Quiana Jeffries, told NY Mag last year that Mayweather’s favorites include Twizzlers, ramen, and fried hot dogs.
His personal chef is always on call.
“If Champ wants a meal at three, four, five, six in the morning, I have to be ready for that,” Jeffries, his personal chef, told NY Mag. “He’s called me at four and says, ‘I want that oxtail.’”
He likes to dress up for Halloween.
This past Halloween, the champ dressed up as one of the characters from the 1995 movie Dead Presidents.