Behind the Money: Five things you never knew about Floyd Mayweather

Floyd became the first billionaire boxer after defeating the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Conor McGregor and Oscar De La Hoya.

We all know what Floyd Mayweather the fighter.

From "Pretty Boy Floyd" to "Money" Mayweather, the American has been part of the sport's fabric for more than two decades.

His self-proclaimed "TBE" tag is often perceived with a pinch of salt despite defeating the most world champions in the history of the sport and retiring at 50-0, which broke Rocky Marciano's previous 49-0 record.

The former five-division world champion is money orientated - (no s***), but Mayweather does have a heart of gold.

Planet Sport wants to show you the softer, kinder side of Floyd.

Pays for funeral of George Floyd

The boxing great offered to cover all costs of the funeral service for the family of George Floyd, who died whilst being pinned to the floor by white officer Derek Chauvin.

"He'll probably get mad at me for saying that, but yes, he is definitely paying for the funeral," Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, told ESPN.

"Floyd has done these kind of things over the last 20 years."

Ellerbe also revealed Floyd had stepped in to pay the funeral costs of former opponent Genaro Hernandez and heavyweight legend Smokin' Joe Frazier.

html) */?>

Helped feed and shelter the homeless

Mayweather may have become the richest sports athlete of the 21st Century in Las Vegas but it has not stopped him from giving back to the community.

"Homelessness is something that our society should not tolerate and I consider it a privilege to be able to help," Mayweather said when asked about donating to those without food or shelter.

In 2017, prior to his fight with Conor McGregor, Mayweather sold sponsorship VIP packages worth $20,000 per purchase with all proceedings going to London Charity Working Action Group (WAG).

The 44-year-old has also been seen on camera handing $1,000 to a homeless person and challenging fellow celebrities Kevin Hart, rapper Blac Youngsta and NBA star Lance Stephenson to do the same.

The Floyd Mayweather Jr Foundation

In 2009 - at the peak of his powers in boxing - Mayweather founded a non-profitable charity organisation named after himself to support the Nevada community.

Mayweather hosts several events to promote and raise money for the foundation, which "strives to empower community alliances, impact youth leadership, promote health and wellness, and strengthen family foundations through community development, entrepreneurialism, and education resulting in a wholesome community."

Mayweather and his team also provide yearly scholarships - the latest being for the Advancement of Women in Sports & Entertainment with $1,000 being given to eight applicants who are to study either Public Relations, Communication, Media Studies, Marketing or Journalism.

Saves the life of 10-month old baby

After hearing the news about 10-month old baby Austin York had undergone numerous surgeries because of a cardiac defect, Mayweather reportedly paid $49,000 to cover the cost of the health bills for his family.

"I am Floyd's assistant," David Levi said. I left Floyd's training camp early to attend a Fight Night charity fundraiser put on by a University of Nevada, Las Vegas organization on March 15, 2012.

"I was coaching one of the fighters in the main event and was told the event was to raise money for a child's medical bills.

"The organization informed me that Austin York whom is under a year old has a rare heart abnormality and had a massive hospital bill from major surgeries he had underwent to save his life.

"I spoke with Floyd on the phone and told him about the child and everything he and his family had been dealing with. He responded: 'Let them know I will take care of all the medical bills. I want to help him.'"

Financial donations

People tend to associate Mayweather with greed and selfishness but it could not be further from the truth.

Floyd Mayweather made more than $275million for his victory over UFC's Conor McGregor in 2017
Floyd Mayweather made more than $275million for his victory over UFC's Conor McGregor in 2017

"Money" uses his self-proclaimed nickname to help those less fortunate than him and has previously donated to Cure Duchenne, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Ryan Seacrest Foundation and the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Mayweather has also given an estimated $1 million to the Three Square Food Bank, the Rainbow Dreams Academy Charter School, Habitat for Humanity and the Susan G. Koman Chapter of Southern Nevada.

Latest Boxing Videos