Floyd Mayweather recently stopped by the “The Pivot Podcast” to discuss his philosophies as an athlete and businessman.
The boxing legend sat down for a rare and exclusive interview on the latest episode of “The Pivot Podcast,” going deep on topics such as wealth, family, and more.
He also addressed the elephant in the pop culture room, with Logan Paul hurling allegations of not getting paid after their exhibition match in Miami back in June 2021.
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“Nothing Comes Right Away”
“This comes with the territory,” said Mayweather. “To them, that’s real money, and I like the YouTubers. The money on the back end, though, from pay-per-view, that takes a while.
“Nothing comes right away. I’m still collecting checks from fights seven or eight years ago. They just hate when the table is turned. Be happy with the biggest payday you ever got in your life.”
The 50-0 fighter won titles in five weight classes on his way to becoming the biggest pay-per-view star of all time. He described how integral the mentorship from his father was to his career.
In addition, his desire to be a role model for his community is also equivalent to his legacy.
“I wanted my dad to be proud of me first,” said Mayweather. “Before anything. When my dad would say that ‘my son will break all the records,’ that stuck with me.
“On top of that, I wanted my own people to be proud of me. There’s nothing like that feeling. I’m more than the ‘American Dream.’ I’m my own boss. I do what I want to do, and I say what I want to say. If I feel that something is not right, then I’m going to speak on it.
“I changed the whole dynamic of how athletes get paid. I’ve been fighting since Michael Jordan was playing basketball. I was undefeated from then to now. LeBron James’ career is almost over, and I’m still getting paid.”
Mayweather recently became a grandfather to the son his daughter Yaya Mayweather had with rapper NBA YoungBoy.
For Mayweather, he has welcomed the new additions to his family. He plans to continue to push them to follow his successful legacy in any of their endeavors while offering his perspective on the difficulties they face.
“I’m proud of my daughter and NBA YoungBoy,” said Mayweather. “I look at him like one of my sons. I only want the best for him. These kids beef nowadays, and they don’t know what they’re beefing for. These young rappers are dying on the regular. I’m going to continue to push both of them to be great in everything they do.
“I love being with my grandson. He’s just like his mom was. All he wants to do is hold onto my leg and have me pick him up all day.”
Eventually, Mayweather went more profound on the subject of wealth. He’s been able to reach these heights both inside and outside of the ring by spending time with prominent billionaire Warren Buffet.
“Rich is something that’s short-term,” said Mayweather. “Wealth is long term. It’s established. I was sitting with Warren Buffett in my locker room before a fight, and we were talking about private jets. He said he’s got over 500 jets. But when you’ve been living this life for so long, that’s normal.
“The only way to pick up these things is to sit, listen and learn. There are three ways to learn: hearing, seeing and doing. That’s what makes me so deadly in boxing. I can learn all three ways. I’m deadly in all three ways.”
The Road To Becoming His Own Boss
Mayweather drops jewels throughout the episode, and toward the end, Mayweather invokes an overarching lesson that has helped define his career and legacy.
“The ultimate goal is to go to sleep when you want to and wake up when you want to,” said Mayweather. “If you’re not doing that, then someone or something is controlling you. I don’t want to be controlled. I want to be my own boss. That’s why I paid 750 thousand dollars to get out of my first promotional contract. Because I eventually made 750 million dollars in just three fights.
“I don’t really care what people believe. No matter what you do, it’s not good enough for everyone. No matter what, they’re going to say what they want to say. But the history books, they will say something completely different.”
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