The right hand (as in the orthodox stance) is used as it normally would be: to block punches coming from the other side, such as left hooks.
From this stance Mayweather blocks, slips and deflects most of his opponents' punches (even when cornered) by twisting left and right to the rhythm of their punches. In the first fight, Mayweather led 10–1 on points over Bakhtiyar Tileganov of Kazakhstan, before winning when the fight was stopped.
In the second fight, Mayweather outpointed Artur Gevorgyan of Armenia 16–3.
Early in his pro career, Mayweather received praise from all corners of the boxing world and was touted as a pugilistic prodigy.
the ESPN commentator remarked, "Emmanuel Steward was quoted as saying there have been very few who have been more talented than this kid.
"Everybody knows Floyd Mayweather is the gold-medal favorite at 57 kilograms," Mayweather said afterward. The latter took over as his son's trainer when he was released from prison (after Mayweather Jr.'s 14th fight—a second-round knockout of Sam Girard).
From 1996 to early 1998, Mayweather won most of his fights by knockout or TKO.
In 1998, within two years of entering professional boxing, Mayweather decisively won his first world title (the WBC super featherweight (130 lb) championship) with an eighth-round technical knockout of The Ring world #1-ranked super featherweight Genaro Hernández after his opponent's cornerman stopped the fight. With Mayweather's win he became lineal champion of the division; Genaro Hernández had previously beaten Azumah Nelson, whose dominance of the super-featherweight division had prompted boxing publications to give him the vacant lineal championship. We believe that he epitomizes that style of fighting".
It was Hernández' first defeat in that weight class; he said after the fight, "He defeated me, he is quick, smart and I always knew he had the speed. Nelson won his lineal status during the 1990s; therefore, The Ring's vacant title was awarded neither to him, Hernández, nor Mayweather (although Mayweather was The Ring's #1-ranked super featherweight). In 1999, Mayweather continued his domination of the super featherweight division by defending his title three more times.
His uncles Jeff and Roger Mayweather were professional boxers, with the latter—Floyd's former trainer—winning two world championships, as well as fighting Hall of Famers Julio César Chávez, Pernell Whitaker, and Kostya Tszyu.
Mayweather was born with his mother's last name, but his last name would change to Mayweather shortly thereafter.
(born Floyd Joy Sinclair; February 24, 1977) is an American professional boxing promoter and former professional boxer.
He competed from 1996 to 20 to 2015, and made a one-fight comeback in 2017.
"I think my grandmother saw my potential first," he said.