A month from today, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. will defend his welterweight championship against Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. What many casual sports fans don’t realize about Mayweather is that he turned pro in October 1996 – almost 18 years ago.
Mayweather has won titles in five weight classes (130, 135, 140, 147 and 154 pounds) and as the years have passed by he has amassed an unblemished career record of 45-0, 26KOs. What he has also done is close in on some records for being the oldest fighter to hold the titles in the welterweight and super welterweight divisions.
At welterweight (147 pounds) Mayweather is the 3rd oldest person to ever hold a title. The oldest:
(1.) Randall Bailey - 38 years, 4 months, 11 days
(2.) Shane Mosley - 38 years, 4 months
(3.) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. - 37 years, 2 months, 9 days *(as of May 3, 2014)
At super welterweight ( 154 pounds) Mayweather is the 4th oldest to hold a title. The oldest:
(1.) Cornelius Bundrage - 39 years, 10 months
(2.) Vernon Forrest - 38 years, 8 months, 8 days
(3.) Luis Santana - 37 years, 9 months, 7 days
(4.) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. - 37 years, 2 months, 9 days *(as of May 3, 2014)
Mayweather will hold his existing titles (WBC welterweight, WBC/WBA super welterweight) at least until May 3 of this year and at which point he will be 37 years, 2 months, 9 days old.
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