Legendary boxer Floyd Mayweather, was among a three-class group of stars inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon in Verona, New York, which, like so many others before him, brought him to tears.
Often cited as the greatest fighter in modern history, Mayweather retired from the boxing ring with a 50-0 record.
The 45-year-old led three classes which were being honoured, after the 2020 and 2021 ceremonies were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and was amongst names such as: Muhammed Ali, Wladimir Klitschko, and Andre Ward in the induction list.
He cried for two full minutes at the induction ceremony at Turning Stone Resort and Casino, where Roy Jones Jr., Bernard Hopkins, Shane Mosley, Andre Ward and others joined him.
Ali’s daughter Laila Ali, comforted Mayweather on stage as he struggled to keep the tears from falling.
Accepting the honour, Mayweather said: “I done a lot in my career, but this is by far the best. I want to thank the International Boxing Hall of Fame for giving me this.
“This right here is going to my dad because he deserves it. Bernard Hopkins said it best – ‘You’ve got to earn it.’ – and my dad earned this ring.
“I want to say thank you to everybody for your support. I want to tell all the fighters – thank you, you guys are remarkable. There wouldn’t be no me without you guys.”
During his career Mayweather challenged and beat names such as Canelo Alvarez, Oscar de la Hoya, and Manny Pacquiao, and he is still one of the biggest draws to this day.
Mayweather finished his career with a perfect record of 50-0 (27 KOs) and as the richest boxer ever, with reported career earnings of more than $800 million.