“Give Him His Belt That He Deserves”: Floyd Mayweather Shares Special Moment With Fernando Vargas

Published 08/29/2022, 12:45 PM EDT
Jun 3, 2021; Miami Beach, Florida, USA; Professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks on after the face off with YouTube star Logan Paul at Villa Casa Casuarina. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Floyd Mayweather recently came across Fernando Vargas at the 1996 Olympic team reunion. The two shared a lively moment surrounded by media and the paparazzi. In 1996, Floyd Mayweather represented team USA at the Olympics. He had a total of eight fights and showed a remarkable performance in the ring. Unfortunately, he lost the semifinal bout in the featherweight category and here onwards turned pro.

On the other hand, Fernando Vargas had a total of only 5 fights in the 1996 Olympics. He lost to Marian Simion in the round 2 bout of the welterweight division. As Mayweather came near Vargas, the press went all over the place. Voices started yelling, “96 Olympic team, baby!”. Mayweather stopped for a pose, and so did Vargas.

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At this Mayweather said, “We got 96.” But just when Mayweather could take a break, Vargas began by saying, “Class of 96 moth**f***ers. You know what time it is.” 

However, the crowd broke out laughing when Mayweather smoothly added, “They have to give him his belt. Give him his belt that he deserves.”

Life of Floyd Mayweather and Fernando Vargas after the 1996 Olympics

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During the 1996 Olympics, Floyd Mayweather and Fernando Vargas both were walking towards their twenties. After the 1996 Olympics, both turned pro. Vargas had a pro career that lasted for only ten years. He had a total of 31 fights. Vargas’ record consisted of 26 wins and 5 losses. Remarkably, 22 of his victories arrived by a way of a knockout. He retired in 2007, much earlier than Floyd Mayweather did.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 02: Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a left at Manny Pacquiao during their welterweight unification championship bout on May 2, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

On the other end, Mayweather, now 45, after the 1996 Olympics as he turned pro, had a total of 50 professional fights. In a jaw-dropping record, he won all of his fights and retired in 2017 with a fight against the UFC fighter Conor McGregor. Mayweather went up against some of the best fighter his generation could offer him to fight. Although retired, ‘Money’ has appeared in two exhibition matches in the near past.

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What is your favorite memory from the 1996 Olympics? Let us know in the comments.

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Samrat Sardar

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Samrat Sardar is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports and is currently a final year undergraduate student of English literature. A passionate content creator, he has been writing since his high school days, and possesses work experience as a commercial writer for companies such as WordsKraft among others. Samrat believes he fell in love with boxing the day he watched Vasiliy Lomachenko share the ring with Guillermo Rigondeaux.

Edited By: Ajinkya Aswale

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