stay away. The Pride Gym was located above a convenience store.
It was irresistible. The young
Mayweather would bounce down
the steps and buy all the cookies,
candy and chips he could afford.
driving around one day,
Floyd Jr. is in the back seat and
I hear all these wrappers beneath
his feet on the Kielty said.
warned him about it. I told
him to quit eating all that junk
or throw him out my car. He
yells back at me, telling me that
gonna have his daddy beat
He grew up and left behind the
junk food. But his dad is not so
easy to discard. The relationship
has been there in some form for as
long as anybody can recall. Junior
and Senior have had more fi ghts
than Juan Manuel Marquez and
Manny Pacquiao. More reunions
than Marquez-Pacquiao rematches, too.
It all started when Floyd Jr. was a
toddler and his last name was still
Sinclair. In a well-documented story,
Floyd Mayweather Sr. recalled a day
in Grand Rapids when there was a
confrontation with a brother-in-law,
Mayweather Sr. wanted him to
leave the house, saying he had overstayed his welcome. Tony Sinclair
left and returned with a loaded rifle. Mayweather Sr. said he had his
son in his arms when Tony Sinclair
busted through a door. Mayweather
said he looked up and saw the barrel of the weapon pointed into his
eyes. Mayweather mom begged
him to give her the child, according
to Mayweather Sr. But he
he said. Sinclair shifted the
aim, lowered it to his left leg and
fired, said Mayweather Sr., who has
a nasty scar for proof.
There was chaos then and more of
it later. Mayweather moved around,
from address to address.
THE RING MAGAZINE JUNE 2013
A timeline of Floyd Mayweather development
FEB. 24, 1977 Floyd Sinclair (his last name) is born into a well-known
boxing family in Grand Rapids, Mich.
1989 The boy legally changes his name to Mayweather.
1993 Wins first of three National Golden Gloves titles, at 106, 114 (1994) and 125
1994 Floyd Mayweather Sr., a former contender who fought Sugar Ray Leonard,
begins a five-year term in prison for drug trafficking.
MAY 4-15, 1995 The U.S. National Champion loses in the second round of the
World Championships in Berlin after breaking his hand. Noureddine Medjihoud of
Algeria beats him 8-6.
JULY 20-AUG. 4, 1996 Wins a bronze medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He
lost a controversial 10-9 decision to silver medalist Serafim Todorov of Bulgaria. That
was his last defeat.
OCT. 11, 1996 Knocks out Roberto Apodaca in two rounds in his pro debut in Las
Vegas, his current hometown. He would go on to win 10 world titles in five weight
set up a place in his
Hale said. lived
there for about three
The boy lived with his grandmother. He lived with Hale. Mostly,
he lived in the gym. It was the one
place he knew and could control
with skill and instinct already evident.
the gym, the first thing I noticed was the Hale said.
Floyd to work hard was
It quickly paid dividends. At 16,
Mayweather won a national Golden
Gloves title as a light-flyweight. He
would win two more, in 1994 as
a flyweight and 1996 as a featherweight. It was at featherweight that
he encountered his first real rival,
Carlos Navarro, who went on to a
pro career with 34 bouts (27-6-1,
22 KOs) at featherweight and lightweight. Navarro was No.
1-ranked amateur at featherweight
always told Floyd in the gym
that Navarro was probably doing
this much and that Hale
said. heard me and always
In 1995, Navarro beat Mayweather in trials for the U.S. team
at the Pan American Games in Mar
del Plata, south of Buenos Aires.
The next year, Mayweather would
avenge the defeat, beating Navarro
and eventually winning the featherweight spot on the 1996 U.S. Olympic team. But Hale remembers the
loss and a handful of others because
of the tears.
never handled losing
Hale said. come back into the
locker room after and cry on your
Those emotions have always been
there, under the surface and quick
to pour out in a burst of anger or
frustration. wife, Janet, saw
it when he was 8-years-old.
was 1985 at a Silver Gloves
said Janet Kielty, who
cooked for the kids at Pride Gym.
got there, and Floyd Jr. finds
out that he have an opponent.
He looked all around for an opponent. He was asking kids to fight