“People truly want to see me fight, whether they want to see me win or lose, they still want to see me and that is because no one can do what I do inside that ring. Nobody!” – Floyd “Money” Mayweather
How do you define the American Dream and how is it obtained, Is it a fleeting moment of fame and riches or is it the culmination of hard work and dedication? How many people facing immeasurable odds gain the freedom and notoriety only a select few have the heart to pursue?
Floyd Mayweather is one of these rare individuals, Love him or hate him you’re forced to have an opinion, the polarizing marketing ploy that made him a brand. 17 years in the making with the most lucrative sports deal in history Floyd Mayweather puts the finishing touches on his unblemished legacy proving he has matured into an entrepreneur, assembling a team and a nickname that makes perfect sense… “MONEY”.
LuxExposé – You are a man that enjoys the finer things in life and enjoying the spoils of success is something that should be celebrated, what is your definition of the word Luxury, what does it mean to you?
Floyd Mayweather – I think there are different definitions of the word “luxury.” You’re right that I enjoy the finer things in life, but that is because I have the luxury to be able to afford them. So my definition is the ability and fortune to do what you want when you want to do it and buy what you want when you want it.
LuxExposé – We know you just took a trip to Africa and Hawaii and you also frequent Dubai, what are some of your favorite destinations and why?
Floyd Mayweather – Going to South Africa was an unbelievable experience that I will never forget. I want to go on other trips like that and see the world with my team. When it comes to going places in the US, I love Atlanta and Miami. Those are two of the cities I go to a lot.
LuxExposé – Everyone loves a Five Star Hotel, and we know you are loyal to the MGM Grand but when you travel outside Las Vegas do you have a favorite?
Floyd Mayweather – There are a few that I stay in when I’m on the road. I like the W Times Square and also the Intercontinental New York. I stay at the Fountainbleau in Miami Beach and the Ritz in LA.
LuxExposé – What is your favorite timepiece and do you generally purchase a watch for the look and design or because of the story behind a particular brand?
Floyd Mayweather – My most expensive and one of my favorites is my Jacob’s Rainbow Tourbillion, which was $2 million. I also love my Audemars Piguet, Piaget Galaxy and the first watch I ever bought which was an All Gold Presidential Diamond Rolex.
LuxExposé – Everyone loves to see what Exotic Car you are going to drive to the gym during Showtime’s “All Access” and you seem to own more than 20 between your LA, Vegas and Miami homes. Tell us what which ones are your favorite toys?
LuxExposé – Do you have your eyes on any new toys, or did you purchase any new toys we haven’t seen yet?
Floyd Mayweather – I’m always on the look out for the hottest trends in jewelry, cars and fashion.
LuxExposé – You’ve won a bout, you’re rested up and ready to just enjoy your life, what does Floyd Mayweather do? Give us a day in the life…
Floyd Mayweather – I’m a late sleeper. I usually get up around 3pm. I head to the gym because even if I’m not training for a fight, I’m always in shape and then I go and spend time with my kids. An ideal day always includes spending time with my family.
LuxExposé – You worked very hard to get to where you are now, and have now begun to really become a boxing promoter as well. Where do you envision Mayweather Promotions in the next few years? You have a very promising stable of fighters…
Floyd Mayweather – I’m very happy about the direction that Mayweather Promotions is headed in, especially in the last two years. We have been promoting our own fights featuring our stable of rising talent. We have a fight on February 28th and have some more lined up for the rest of the year.
We had a great show at the end of 2013 where some of our best talent such as J’Leon Love, Mickey Bey Jr., Chris Pearson and others scored impressive knockouts on SHOWTIME and that really made me proud of what we are doing at Mayweather Promotions. I truly believe that we are the future of sports and entertainment, which is why I’ve been focusing so much time and energy on the promotional side of the business.
LuxExposé – Let’s talk about your brand “The Money Team or “TMT” and the fact that you are the first athlete to endorse himself, how did that come about?
Floyd Mayweather – I truly didn’t like someone else being in charge of my career. I didn’t want to listen to what someone else was telling me to do. I knew I had the ability to be my own boss and drive my own career in the right direction, so I did it. Most people wouldn’t have been able to do what I’ve done. Athletes have agents and promotional companies and I have my team that I’ve chosen to help me get to where I want to be. Advisors like Al Haymon and Leonard Ellerbe have been there every step of the way, but this was ultimately my idea and my business plan and I don’t believe anyone in boxing or any sport could do what I’ve done the way that I’ve done it.
LuxExposé – Do you intend to endorse other athletes and or expand the “TMT” brand into other athletic wear?
Floyd Mayweather – Right now we are focusing on the boxing in terms of other athletes, but the TMT brand is something that I see going above and beyond anything anyone could expect. We already have merchandise selling like crazy on www.themoneyteam.com, but I want to see stores and retail showrooms, but also continue to make “The Money Team” a household name.
LuxExposé – Speaking of clothing you are a great dresser and your closets are quite impressive, do you have a personal stylist?
Floyd Mayweather – No but I have direct contact with reps from all of the top lines. If I am looking for something, they will bring the collection to my home and let me shop for what I am looking for. I have a 1000 square foot closet so they can bring me everything at one time. It makes it private and personal.
LuxExposé – On that note your Jewelry collection is extraordinary, do you look at it only from a fashion standpoint or is it an investment also?
Floyd Mayweather – Its more about the fashion because I don’t see it being something where I sell it later as an investment. I plan on enjoying it now and then passing it down to my kids.
LuxExposé – You are 45-0 and you have broken just about every record in boxing from landing on the highest percentage to breaking the PPV record twice, how does it feel to walk in and out of that “Squared Circle”?
Floyd Mayweather – Boxing has been my life for as long as I can remember. The boxing gym is like my living room and the boxing ring is just second nature to me. That is how I have been able to break all of these records. People truly want to see me fight, whether they want to see me win or lose, they still want to see me and that is because no one can do what I do inside that ring. Nobody.
LuxExposé – You have landed the biggest deal in sports history with CBS/Showtime, a 6 fight deal that could easily reach a half a billion dollars (with your last fight around $100m) do you have any advice for not just athletes but people in general trying to break barriers in business?
Floyd Mayweather – With hard work, anything is possible. I know that I’ve become known for my “hard work, dedication” motto, but I believe in that with all of my heart. If you put your mind to something and surround yourself with the right people, you will see success.
LuxExposé – You have diversified your investments from a makeup line to real estate, where do you see yourself being the biggest winner after leaving the ring?
Floyd Mayweather – I think they sky is the limit once I hang up the gloves, but I really want to continue to focus on building The Money Team brand and furthering the careers of the Mayweather Promotions fighters.
I just invested in one of the members of The Money Team, Doralie Medina, who is starting her own cosmetics line. I think its very important to reward the people who see what I’ve been able to accomplish and apply that to their own lives.
LuxExposé – Speaking of the ring, we know you are gearing up for your next bout against Marcos Maidana, how do you stay motivated? You have shown you are truly in a different class than the fighters of today…
Floyd Mayweather – I stay motivated because of my family, my fans and my legacy. I fight for my family first. As long as I continue my career and business endeavors, I will be able to keep providing for my mother and children. I want them to have the best life possible and because of the sport of boxing, I am able to give that to them.
My fans also help me to stay motivated. They have always supported me and I feel I owe them the best. They deserve the best.
Then there is my legacy. I want to be remembered as one of the greatest to ever step into a boxing ring. I have worked hard throughout my entire career to prove I am worthy of that title.
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