Mayweather Helping The Sport of Boxing

Seven-Time World Champion Floyd Mayweather Makes Six-Figure Commitment to Youth Boxing

 

Mayweather  supports 2012 Golden Gloves Nationals Tournament of Champions Scheduled Through
this Saturday, May 5 in Mesquite, Nev.

 

MESQUITE (April 30, 2012) — The 2012 Golden Gloves Nationals Tournament of Champions
which begins tonight, Monday April 30 and runs
through this Saturday, May 5 at the CasaBlanca Event Center received a
huge boost when it was announced that undefeated professional boxer Floyd
Mayweather
has signed on as the title sponsor of the prestigious
event.

 

Mayweather, 42-0 (26 KO’s), has a busy week considering that he is also preparing to face
champion Miguel Cotto for the WBA Super Welterweight World title this Saturday
night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Even with his hectic schedule, Mayweather was quick to give back to the Golden
Gloves.

 

Tournament Director Dawn Sanchez said the 35 year-old Mayweather, himself a former Golden
Gloves champion, jumped at the opportunity to help the event that will draw more
than 300 standout boxers from all over the nation.

“The Golden Gloves is where I got my start in boxing,” said Mayweather. “It is so important
to me to support amateur boxing because I want to give young fighters the
opportunity to showcase their skills and make their own way in the sport that
has given me so much. Without these opportunities, boxing cannot continue to
grow and I feel like it is my responsibility to do what I can to help it
continue.”

 

“Floyd is extremely dedicated to supporting amateur boxing programs,” said Leonard
Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “He is giving these kids an opportunity
to follow in his footsteps and gain the experience they need to further their
careers. Mayweather Promotions is thrilled to be a part of this endeavor and we
look forward to continuing to support these youth boxing programs.”

 

“We needed help covering the expenses and Floyd didn’t flinch about jumping in to assist the
event,” Sanchez said. “We went to him and within a week he had committed to
assisting the tournament. We are so appreciative for his efforts and dedication
in giving back to where he started his career.

 

“When we have someone of the stature of Floyd Mayweather giving back to the sport of Golden
Gloves boxing, that tells you about the man himself.”

The announcement also included a six-figure commitment on the part of Mayweather for various
other elements related to youth boxing events. This is not the first time he has
given back to the amateur boxing community as he sponsored the 2008 National
Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in his hometown of Grand Rapids,
Mich.

Mayweather, who had an 84-6 record in the amateurs, was a multiple National Golden Gloves
champion.

Ironically, Sanchez’s husband, Augie, fought Mayweather and beat him once before losing
twice to him twice in the Olympic Box-Offs for the 1996 Olympic
Games.

Mayweather also won the Featherweight Bronze Medal for the United States at the 1996 Olympics in
Atlanta.

About 300 boxers ages 17-34 from states all over the country will converge on Mesquite located
about 80 miles north of Las Vegas. Action will begin each evening at 6 p.m.
starting Monday through Friday before the finals are presented Saturday
beginning at 2 p.m.

Tickets start at $12 and may be purchased at www.2012nationalgoldengloves.com; www.startickets.com or by calling
800-585-3737