Floyd Mayweather Wins Sixth Fighter of the Year Award and Remains Highest Paid Athlete


floyd-mayweatherThe year 2014 was another record setter inside and outside of the ring for Floyd “Money” Mayweather as the future Hall of Fame inductee continued his reign as boxing’s pound-for-pound king while receiving numerous accolades throughout the year.

“Money” ruled the ring once again, despite facing a tough test from former welterweight champion Marcos Maidana in May. Mayweather returned in September and vanquished “Chino” to retain his 147 and 154-pound titles.

Mayweather’s year outside of the ring was highlighted by a treasure chest of awards and nominations. Once again, Mayweather was named the world’s highest-paid athlete by Forbes Magazine for the September 2013 to 2014 calendar year. This also marked the second straight year that Mayweather earned this honor.

Mayweather adds his 2014 Forbes’ highest-paid athlete award to his highest-paid athlete of 2012 and 2013 awards from both Sports Illustrated and ESPN The Magazine.

Additionally, in 2014, Mayweather was awarded the Boxing Writers Association of America “Fighter of the Year” award for his work in 2013. Mayweather also took home the “Sportsman of the Year” award at the BET Awards in June.

Later in the summer, Mayweather made the rounds in Los Angeles, first walking the red carpet at the 2014 ESPYs where he won his sixth “Fighter of the Year” award, and he became the first fighter nominated for “Best Male Athlete.”

All of this mainstream exposure caught the attention of one of the world’s richest men, billionaire Warren Buffet, who visited Mayweather at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas as Mayweather prepared for his September rematch with Maidana. The photo-op turned into a friendship as Buffet attended “MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2”, even stopping by Mayweather’s locker room before the fight.

“Once again Floyd established himself as not only the biggest star in boxing, but one of the biggest stars in the world,” said Swanson. “His ability to crossover into the mainstream consciousness is unmatched.”

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