Floyd Mayweather’s Journey From Top Rank Promotions to Mayweather Promotions

Published 12/16/2020, 11:40 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 04: Floyd Mayweather Jr. celebrates his unanimous-decision victory over Robert Guerrero in their WBC welterweight title bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 4, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Floyd Mayweather, the unbeaten 5-division World Champion, has reached the pinnacle of the sport on the back of successful decisions inside and outside the boxing ring.

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He is a technical puncher who has amassed an enormous fortune for himself and is one of the richest boxers to have ever lived.

What’s more, Mayweather has his own Promotion now. Apart from that, the 43-year-old has several other business ventures, including a nightclub called ‘Girl Collection’ in Las Vegas.

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However, it all tracks back to one decision that seemingly changed Mayweather’s life. Although he was earning a pretty decent amount, his shift from Top Rank Promotions to hosting his own events made him the billionaire boxer.

A young Floyd Mayweather began his professional career at Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions in 1996 against Roberto Apodaca. As he knocked out Apodaca in his maiden fight, ‘Pretty Boy Floyd’ was on the verge of becoming ‘Money May’ in the coming days.

He had a sensational run with Top Rank for a decade that saw him become the World Champion. Both Bob Arum and Mayweather were bagging huge numbers then.

However, the pugilist soon realized, he can increase the numbers by hosting his events. He was the face of boxing and didn’t hesitate to part ways with Bob Arum’s team.

In 2006, Mayweather finally enacted on the decision, paving the way for Mayweather promotions in the coming days.

 

Floyd Mayweather- Journey of the elite

As per Forbes, Mayweather had to pay a reported amount of $750,000 to Bob Aru while becoming a free-agent. Despite bearing the heavy sum, it was minor in front of what he was going to seek in the future.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 02: WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 2, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather will meet WBA champion Marcos Maidana in a WBC/WBA unification fight in Las Vegas on May 3. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Since forming the ‘Mayweather Promotions’, the world champion has bagged immense amounts that saw him earn even up to $200 million from one fight. Well, he isn’t the only one to do so.

Mayweather’s former foe Oscar De La Hoya did something similar when he transitioned from Top Rank to the Golden Boy Promotions.

Now, Mayweather has his own roster full of young boxers dreaming of a rise. WBA lightweight champion Gervonta Davis is one of the prime prodigies in Mayweather Promotions.

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While Mayweather is still looking for exhibition fights, it’s safe to bill him as an elite in his yard. Nevertheless, he is also a successful promoter who took himself to the next level with some smart decisions.

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Do you think Floyd Mayweather took the right path in 2006?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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