A thirsty Floyd Mayweather Jr paused for refreshment recovery drink during a training session, in preparation for his fight with Oscar De La Hoya billed "The World Awaits" 5th May 2007, MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
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Floyd Mayweather Training Session
Floyd Mayweather Jr is universally regarded “pound for pound” one of the all time greats!
Born on February 24, 1977, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has boxing in his blood. His father, Floyd Sr. fought Sugar Ray Leonard in the late '70s, while Junior's uncle Roger was a Junior Lightweight and Super Lightweight champion. It was no surprise then, that Floyd Jr. showed an aptitude for boxing from a very young age.
When he had received enough training (courtesy of his dad and uncle) Floyd entered the World of amateur boxing as an adolescent. Fighting at 126 pounds, Mayweather put together an amazing 84-6 record as an amateur, winning Golden Gloves Championships in 1993, 1994 and 1996.
Mayweather made the Olympic team in 1996 and at the Atlanta Olympics, he beat boxers from Kazakhstan, Armenia and Cuba before falling to a Bulgarian in a highly controversial semi-final bout. Mayweather had to settle for the bronze medal.
Turning professional after the Olympics, Mayweather immediately made an impression by defeating champion Genaro Hernandez in eight rounds and winning the WBC Super Featherweight title. He successively defended the title eight times before moving up to the lightweight division. In 2002, he won the WBC Lightweight title by defeating Jose Luis Castillo in a long, bloody match and then retained the title by beating Castillo again in December.
After successfully retaining the title belt in two matches in 2003 and winning a 12-round non-title bout in 2004, Mayweather moved up to the Light Welterweight division in 2005. Following a TKO victory of Henry Bruseles in January, Mayweather faced Arturo Gatti in Atlantic City in June.
Mayweather was so dominant that Gatti's trainer was forced to call the fight after six rounds, meaning Mayweather had won the WBC Light Welterweight title
After defeating Sharmba Mitchell TKO6. On April 8, 2006, Mayweather defeated Zab Judah for the IBF and vacant IBO World welterweight titles by unanimous decision
In his next fight he faced The Ring welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir on November 4, 2006 in Las Vegas.
Mayweather would ultimately defeat Baldomir by unanimous decision for both titles
Mayweather's next match was the long-anticipated superfight against six-division champion and current WBC junior middleweight titleholder Oscar De La Hoya on May 5, 2007.
De La Hoya's belt was on the line, which required Mayweather to move up in weight from 147 pounds to 154. Mayweather Jr. won the bout by a split decision, winning the title and improving his record to 38-0.
Mayweather has recently decided to relinquish his WBC junior middleweight championship and kept his WBC welterweight championship. On July 28, 2007, it was announced that Mayweather will come out of his short retirement to face junior welterweight champion Ricky Hatton. The fight, which will take place December 8, 2007 in Las Vegas. The bout will aptly be labelled "UNDEFEATED".