KEY POINTS

  • Floyd Mayweather Sr. explained why he put his son Mayweather Jr. in boxing
  • Floyd Sr. said Mayweather Jr. can also play basketball
  • Mayweather Jr. could have been a billionare prior to Conor McGregor fight

Floyd Mayweather’s biological father Floyd Sr. recently revealed why he put his legendary son in boxing instead of other sports.

The Mayweathers are famous for their contributions in boxing. In fact, the family produced arguably the greatest boxer in the world – Mayweather Jr. Over time, the undefeated boxer has proven that he can also play other sports than boxing. In the past, Mayweather used to organize and participate in basketball charity events.

But despite being a famous name in boxing, most fans may not know that Mayweather could have been (or couldn’t have been) known in a different sports.

In a recent talk with Elie Seckbach of EsNews, Floyd Sr. was asked why he decided to put his son in boxing and not in other competitive sports. According to him, Mayweather Jr “played basketball to.” However, Floyd Sr. started to notice that the young Mayweather was already displaying interest in boxing.

At a young age, Mayweather Jr often appeared in the gym where his father works. At this point, Floyd Sr. knew that his son will be the best boxer in the world.

“I put my son (Mayweather Jr.) in what I felt he could do the best,” Floyd Sr. said

“I’ve seen that he was steady growin’. He wanna come down to the gym, I let him go down there,” Floyd Sr. added.

The 67-year-old then reflected on the decision that changed boxing forever. As per Floyd Sr., Mayweather Jr. wouldn’t be the man he is today if he had made a different decision and not allowed his son to follow his footsteps.

“He (Mayweather Jr.) would have done nothing,” Floyd Sr. emphasized.

mayweather Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks on while taking on Marcos Maidana during their WBC/WBA welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 13, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

Looking back, Mayweather fans should be grateful of Floyd Sr. His son didn’t fail him and ultimately become a boxing superstar. Apart from staying undefeated, Mayweather Jr. also made the most money in boxing history. As far as his disclosed earnings in boxing goes, the 43-year-old reportedly made over $800,000,000.

Since beating Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in 2013, Mayweather Jr. reportedly made the two highest-earning bouts of his career – Pacquiao ( $250,000,000) in 2015 and McGregor ($100,000,000) in 2017. 

On top of that, the American champ also made quite a living outside boxing, and most of them were not documented. All told, if the undisclosed money Mayweather Jr. made will be added to his declared $800,000,000, “Money” may have already made his first billion prior to the McGregor fight as he has been actively making investments since he announced his first retirement in 2007.