THROWBACK: When a Young Floyd Mayweather Captivated the Fans With His Very First Pro-Boxing Win

Published 10/12/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 26: Referee Robert Byrd stops the fight in round 10 with a TKO of Conor McGregor by Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their super welterweight boxing match on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


Fans regard Floyd Mayweather as the greatest boxer of this era. His unique fight style, astounding in-ring conduct, and his attitude to be the champ made him a fan favorite in no time. Also, in his stellar career, as none of his opponents could decode his fight style, Mayweather marched on unconquered.

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Right from his first fight to his last, ‘TBE’ had the same hunger. That’s what separated him from the rest and that’s also one prime reason he registered his name in boxing lore.

Recently, ESPN Ringside shared a video of Mayweather’s first pro-boxing bout which happened 25 years ago. In this video, a young Mayweather is seen showing his aggressive fight skills.

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Right from a young age, Mayweather had a god-gifted ability to read his opponents. That said, in his pro-boxing debut, he showed a glimpse of the same against Roberto Apodaca.

‘Pretty Boy’ began the fight by staying on the forefront and attacking his opponent with quick jabs and body shots. In less than a couple of minutes, the young gun figured his opponent was not covering his body. Hence, ‘Money’ took Apodaca to the ropes and landed a crucifying left body hook.

This opening filled Mayweather with confidence. And in round 2, he concluded the bout after another blistering body shot.

Floyd Mayweather – Destined for greatness

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Back when he attained a solid T/KO win in his pro debut, hardly anyone expected Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather to trace a decorated pathway.

TOKYO, JAPAN – NOVEMBER 05: Floyd Mayweather Jr. attends the press conference to announce the match on December 31 at Roppongi Hills club on November 5, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)

But, ‘Pretty Boy’ defied the odds and kept proving himself in every fight. Constructing a unique fight style with both defense and offense, Mayweather hammered many opponents over the span of 21 years and retired with a record of 50-0 (27 TKO).

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How well do you remember Mayweather’s professional debut? Had you ever seen it before?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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