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“It’s something we can’t control.” What is the price of Floyd Mayweather’s successful career?

Date: July 15, 2024 Time: 05:11:21

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is without a doubt one of the best boxers in the history of this sport. He became world champion in five weight categories, fought against really serious opponents, although not all of his opponents were at their best, and also remained undefeated and this, to a certain extent, set a trend.

And even after retiring, Mayweather remains a household name. He returned for the fight with Conor McGregor and regularly participates in various exhibition fights, which in one way or another raise money thanks to his name. And there is no need to even talk about the financial well-being of the man nicknamed Money. Floyd earns huge sums of money to this day.

But the negative consequences of boxing also surpassed a superstar like Mayweather. The fans’ first fears for his idol began three years ago. José Cepeda, a former world title contender, said he was Floyd’s sparring partner before one of the fights. He simply couldn’t remember Cepeda himself or what they faced. Then there was a lot of talk about Mayweather having memory problems.

And now Floyd himself has decided to talk about the problems that boxing left him and, possibly, the bad inheritance. The former five-division world champion went on one of the podcasts and spoke about his experiences: “I have memory loss. This is something we cannot control. Perhaps they are echoes of a long career in boxing, or perhaps it is something hereditary. My uncle Roger Mayweather also had a lot of problems with this, he suffered from the same thing and I ended up hiring someone to take care of him. The same thing happens to my father… Maybe it’s genetic or it’s still a sport, but now it’s happening to me. I feel like I’m not 100% mentally healthy. It’s not the same as before. I like to do different exercises, solve puzzles and play word games to keep my mind healthy.”

Floyd Mayweather

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Mayweather’s behavior also increases anxiety. He is scheduled to have an exhibition fight with Victor Ortiz in August. In mid-May, the first press conference and a public event in the form of an open boxing lesson for attendees were scheduled to be held. As a result, Floyd simply said nothing to anyone and ignored the planned meeting. I even deleted posts about everything related to this fight. And a little later he announced again that he was going to Mexico.

It is no secret that a considerable number of boxers suffer from the so-called boxing dementia at the end of their careers. Not surprising considering the amount of damage he has taken throughout his fighting and sparring career. However, it is surprising that trouble overtook Mayweather so quickly. Floyd has always been known for his cautious style, thanks to which he missed some punches. One might assume that he suffered less damage than others, but apparently not.

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It is also known that throughout his career, Mayweather abandoned harsh sparring, including due to the sad experience of his relatives. Roger Mayweather, Floyd’s uncle, was also a professional boxer and suffered from dementia from his retirement until his death in 2020.

“He’s only in his 50s, but he looks like he’s 80,” Floyd said of his uncle.

Mayweather’s problems are another reminder that boxing is the most dangerous sport and that for all the success, victories and money, fighters pay a high price.

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Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.
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