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Roger Mayweather

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Roger Mayweather
Roger Mayweather.jpg
 Mayweather in 2010
Real nameRoger L. Mayweather
Nickname(s)Black Mamba
Born(1961-04-24)April 24, 1961
Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
DiedMarch 17, 2020(2020-03-17) (aged 58)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Boxing record
Total fights72
Wins by KO35

Roger Mayweather (April 24, 1961 – March 17, 2020)[1] was an American boxing trainer and former professional boxer who competed from 1981 to 1999. He was a two-division world champion, having held the WBA and lineal super featherweight titles from 1983 to 1984, and the WBC light welterweight title from 1987 to 1989. Additionally he held the IBO light welterweight title in 1994, and the IBO welterweight title from 1994 to 1995.

Mayweather was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Bernice (Ambrose) and Theartha Mayweather.[2][3] He was a part of the Mayweather boxing family: his brothers are Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Jeff Mayweather, and his nephew is Floyd Mayweather Jr. Roger served as Mayweather Jr.'s trainer from 2000 to 2012. Under Roger's guidance Floyd Mayweather Jr. became one of the biggest names in the sport of boxing and one of the pound for pound greats.

Boxing career

Super featherweight and lightweight

Mayweather, who was 64–4 as an amateur, made his professional debut on July 29, 1981, against Andrew Ruiz. Mayweather won by technical knockout (TKO) in the first round. In his thirteenth fight, Mayweather beat Ruben Muñoz Jr. for the IBF-USBA lightweight title.

After improving his record to 14–0, Mayweather earned a title shot on January 19, 1983, against lineal and WBA super featherweight champion, Samuel Serrano. Serrano entered the bout with a record of 49–3–1 and had lost only once since first winning the title in 1976. Nonetheless, Mayweather led on all three judges' scorecards before he beat Serrano by TKO in round eight and effectively ended Serrano's career.[4]

Mayweather made two successful title defenses against Jorge Alvarado and Benedicto Villablanca before suffering his first loss via first-round knockout against Rocky Lockridge on February 22, 1984.

Mayweather won the IBF-USBA super featherweight title when he gave Kenny Baysmore his first loss, by TKO in round three. Thus, Mayweather earned the opportunity to fight against WBC super featherweight champion, Julio César Chávez, on July 7, 1985. Although Mayweather won the first round on the judges' scorecards, he was knocked down twice in round two and lost by TKO.

On November 28, 1986, Mayweather beat Sammy Fuentes for the WBC Continental Americas lightweight title. In his next bout, on March 28, 1987, Mayweather fought against Pernell Whitaker for the WBC-NABF lightweight title. Mayweather was knocked down in round one, but he knocked down Whitaker in round nine. Whitaker won by unanimous decision (UD).

Light welterweight

After Mayweather moved up to the light welterweight division, he fought against WBC light welterweight champion, Rene Arredondo, on November 12, 1987. Mayweather led on the scorecards and knocked down Arredondo three times in round six to win by TKO.

Mayweather made four successful title defenses before he encountered Mexican champion Julio César Chávez again on May 13, 1989. Prior to this fight, Mayweather was being called by several boxing writers as "The Mexican assassin" due to his numerous wins over Mexican fighters during the last few years. Chávez was still undefeated at the time, and with a 63–0 record, he was becoming a legend. Mayweather retired after round ten due to the body damage inflicted by Chávez.

Mayweather won the WBA Americas light welterweight title on April 5, 1990, from Ildemar Paisan. He fought Rafael Pineda for the vacant IBF light welterweight title on December 7, 1991, but he lost by KO in round nine.

On March 14, 1993, Mayweather beat former WBA lightweight champion, Livingstone Bramble by corner stoppage in round five. Bramble had defeated Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini twice for the title in the mid-1980s.

Mayweather defeated Eduardo Montes for the IBO light welterweight title by third-round KO on May 28, 1994. Less than three weeks later, he defeated Marco Antonio Ramirez by TKO in round three.


In his next fight, against Johnny Bizzarro on August 4, 1994, Mayweather won the IBO welterweight title by unanimous decision. He defended the belt once in 1995.

On June 25, 1995, Mayweather fought the 14–0 Kostya Tszyu for the IBF light welterweight title. Tszyu won by unanimous decision.

Mayweather won his last title—the IBA welterweight title—on March 12, 1997, when he beat Carlos Miranda via twelfth-round TKO. Mayweather's final bout was a majority decision victory over Javier Francisco Mendez on May 8, 1999. He ended his career with a total of nine major and minor titles in four weight classes.

Black Mamba

When asked about his ring nickname, Roger stated:

"It's funny because I wanted a boxing nickname that wouldn’t be common to most people. One day when I was flipping through channels and I came upon this channel showing different reptiles, and they were showing the black mamba, one of the most deadly snakes in the world. I loved the way the mamba attacked so quietly, but when he hit you he just hit you one time and the poison was in you. That reminded me of myself right there."[5]

Training career

When Floyd Mayweather Jr. turned pro in 1996, Roger Mayweather turned his attention away from his own competitive boxing career and focused more on being the younger Mayweather's trainer. Roger trained Floyd Jr. until early 1998, when Floyd Mayweather Sr. was released from prison and became Mayweather Jr's trainer. However, soon after Mayweather defeated Gregorio Vargas on March 18, 2000, Mayweather Jr. fired Mayweather Sr. as his trainer and brought uncle Roger back.

Roger Mayweather garnered national attention during and after Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Zab Judah on April 8, 2006. Near the conclusion of the tenth round, Judah hit Mayweather with a left hand that was clearly below the belt and followed up with a right-handed rabbit punch. After referee Richard Steele called time with five seconds remaining in the round, Roger Mayweather entered the ring, but was restrained by Steele. Judah's father and trainer, Yoel Judah, entered the ring and swung at Roger. Zab then went after Roger—taking a swing and grappling with him until security broke it up and cleared the ring. Roger was ejected, but the boxers finished the remaining two rounds, and Mayweather won by unanimous decision. Five days after the fight, the Nevada State Athletic Commission decided not to overturn the result of the bout, but Roger Mayweather was fined US $200,000 and suspended for one year.[6]


Mayweather was arrested in August 2009 in Las Vegas for allegedly attacking one of his former boxers, female boxer Melissa St. Vil. Mayweather allegedly hit her several times in the ribs, then tried to choke her, causing her to spit up blood when police arrived. Appearing on the HBO series 24/7, Mayweather admitted to choking St. Vil in an effort to restrain her, but denied that he physically struck her.[7]


Mayweather died on March 17, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada at age 58, after years of deteriorating health. Floyd opened up about Roger's health back in 2015, and thinks that boxing is the main cause of it.

He did not specify the cause, but said his uncle's “health was failing him for several years.” Roger Mayweather had a number of long-term health problems, including diabetes.[8]

"My uncle Roger Mayweather has lost a lot of memory from the sport of boxing, he's only in his 50s, but it seems like he's an old man in his 80s." Floyd said.[9][10]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
72 fights 59 wins 13 losses
By knockout 35 6
By decision 23 7
By disqualification 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
72 Win 59–13 Javier Francisco Méndez MD 10 May 8, 1999 Club Cal Neva, Reno, Nevada, U.S.
71 Win 58–13 Patrick Byrd UD 10 Nov 13, 1998 Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel, Morton, Minnesota, U.S.
70 Win 57–13 Carlos Miranda TKO 12 (12), 2:51 Mar 12, 1997 Stadium Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S. Won vacant IBA welterweight title
69 Loss 56–13 Juan Soberanes SD 10 Sep 21, 1996 Harrah's Laughlin, Nevada, U.S.
68 Win 56–12 Tom McCain TKO 5 (10), 1:45 Aug 3, 1996 Erlanger, Kentucky, U.S.
67 Win 55–12 Clifford Hicks TKO 3 (10) Oct 21, 1995 Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
66 Loss 54–12 Kostya Tszyu UD 12 Jun 25, 1995 Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, Australia For IBF light welterweight title
65 Win 54–11 Mike Mungin MD 10 Apr 30, 1995 Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
64 Win 53–11 Aaron McLaurine TKO 9 (12), 2:44 Feb 17, 1995 Silver Nugget, North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. Retained IBO welterweight title
63 Win 52–11 Francisco Barra TKO 3 (8), 1:45 Dec 29, 1994 Silver Nugget, North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
62 Loss 51–11 Ray Lovato KO 2 (10), 0:39 Sep 16, 1994 The Aladdin, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
61 Win 51–10 Johnny Bizzarro UD 12 Aug 8, 1994 Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S. Won IBO welterweight title
60 Win 50–10 Marco Antonio Ramirez TKO 3 (10), 1:35 Jun 16, 1994 Silver Nugget, North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
59 Win 49–10 Eduardo Montes KO 3 (12) May 28, 1994 St. George, Utah, U.S. Won vacant IBO light welterweight title
58 Win 48–10 Miguel González UD 10 Apr 8, 1994 Flamingo Hilton, Laughlin, Nevada, U.S.
57 Win 47–10 Nino Cirilo TKO 3 (10), 2:18 Mar 17, 1994 Silver Nugget, North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
56 Win 46–10 Rod Sequenan UD 10 Feb 9, 1994 Silver Nugget, North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
55 Win 45–10 Bruno Rabanales PTS 10 Dec 18, 1993 Cancún, Mexico
54 Loss 44–10 Darryl Tyson SD 12 Oct 27, 1993 Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. For vacant USBA light welterweight title
53 Win 44–9 Carl Griffith UD 10 Jul 1, 1993 The Aladdin, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
52 Loss 43–9 Zack Padilla SD 10 Apr 24, 1993 The Aladdin, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
51 Win 43–8 Livingstone Bramble DQ 5 (10), 1:10 Mar 14, 1993 The Aladdin, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Bramble disqualified after corner entered the ring too early
50 Win 42–8 Gilberto Flores TKO 3 (10) Dec 9, 1992 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
49 Loss 41–8 Fidel Avendano UD 10 Sep 28, 1992 Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
48 Win 41–7 Pedro De La Cruz TKO 2 (10), 2:32 Aug 10, 1992 Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
47 Loss 40–7 Rafael Pineda KO 9 (12), 2:00 Dec 7, 1991 Convention Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S. For vacant IBF light welterweight title
46 Win 40–6 Alberto Alcaraz SD 10 May 11, 1991 Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, U.S.
45 Win 39–6 Santos Moreno TKO 3 (10), 1:47 Dec 27, 1990 Hacienda, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
44 Win 38–6 Mike Johnson UD 10 Oct 11, 1990 Bally's Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
43 Win 37–6 Terrence Alli UD 10 Jul 15, 1990 TropWorld Casino and Entertainment Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
42 Win 36–6 Ildemar Jose Paisan UD 12 Apr 5, 1990 Bally's Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBA Americas light welterweight title
41 Win 35–6 Jose Rivera KO 5 (10), 1:51 Feb 2, 1990 Bally's Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
40 Loss 34–6 Julio César Chávez RTD 10 (12), 3:00 May 13, 1989 Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S. Lost WBC light welterweight title
39 Win 34–5 Vinny Pazienza UD 12 Nov 7, 1988 Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC light welterweight title
38 Win 33–5 Rodolfo González TKO 12 (12), 2:13 Sep 22, 1988 Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Retained WBC light welterweight title
37 Win 32–5 Harold Brazier SD 12 Jun 6, 1988 Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC light welterweight title
36 Win 31–5 Mauricio Aceves TKO 3 (12), 1:32 Mar 24, 1988 Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Retained WBC light welterweight title
35 Win 30–5 Marvin Garris TKO 7 (10), 2:58 Jan 5, 1988 Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
34 Win 29–5 René Arredondo TKO 6 (12), 2:00 Nov 12, 1987 Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Won WBC light welterweight title
33 Win 28–5 Mitchell Julien TKO 3 (10), 3:59 Jul 14, 1987 Bally's Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
32 Win 27–5 Frankie Davis TKO 4 (10), 0:59 May 14, 1987 Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
31 Loss 26–5 Pernell Whitaker UD 12 Mar 28, 1987 Scope, Norfolk, Virginia, U.S. For vacant NABF lightweight title
30 Win 26–4 Sammy Fuentes RTD 9 (12), 3:00 Nov 28, 1986 Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Won vacant WBC Continental Americas lightweight title
29 Win 25–4 Sergio Zambrano RTD 6 (10), 3:00 Aug 7, 1986 Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
28 Win 24–4 Oscar Bejines RTD 7 (10), 3:00 Jul 3, 1986 Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
27 Loss 23–4 Freddie Pendleton KO 6 (10), 0:54 Mar 12, 1986 Sahara Hotel and Casino, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
26 Win 23–3 Walter Sims UD 10 Jan 15, 1986 Sahara Hotel and Casino, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
25 Win 22–3 Mario Martinez SD 10 Nov 7, 1985 Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
24 Loss 21–3 Julio César Chávez TKO 2 (12), 2:30 Jul 7, 1985 Riviera, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. For WBC super featherweight title
23 Win 21–2 Kenny Baysmore TKO 3 (12), 1:28 May 12, 1985 The Oil Palace, Tyler, Texas, U.S. Won USBA super featherweight title
22 Win 20–2 Billy White TKO 5 (10), 2:18 Feb 28, 1985 Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
21 Win 19–2 Martin Quiroz TKO 3 (10), 0:21 Nov 21, 1984 Riviera, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.
20 Win 18–2 Efrain Nieves UD 10 Sep 22, 1984 Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse, Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
19 Loss 17–2 Tony Baltazar UD 10 Jul 8, 1984 Country Club, Reseda, California, U.S.
18 Loss 17–1 Rocky Lockridge KO 1 (15), 1:31 Feb 26, 1984 Civic Center, Beaumont, Texas, U.S. Lost WBA and The Ring super featherweight titles
17 Win 17–0 Benedicto Villablanca KO 1 (15), 3:04 Aug 17, 1983 Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBA and The Ring super featherweight titles
16 Win 16–0 Jorge Alvarado TKO 8 (15) Apr 20, 1983 Civic Auditorium, San Jose, California, U.S. Retained WBA and The Ring super featherweight titles
15 Win 15–0 Samuel Serrano TKO 8 (15), 2:13 Jan 19, 1983 Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico Won WBA and The Ring super featherweight titles
14 Win 14–0 Elmer Suttington TKO 2 (10), 1:01 Nov 17, 1982 Civic Arena, St. Joseph, Missouri, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 Ruben Munoz Jr. UD 12 Oct 23, 1982 Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Won USBA lightweight title
12 Win 12–0 Frankie Moultrie TKO 9 (10), 0:53 Sep 30, 1982 Dunes, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 Arturo Leon UD 10 Aug 18, 1982 Dunes, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 Carlton Sparrow TKO 4 (12), 2:43 Jul 29, 1982 Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Kelvin Lampkin UD 10 May 26, 1982 Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 Jimmy Blevins PTS 10 Apr 3, 1982 The Aladdin, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 Roberto Garcia TKO 3 (8) Jan 28, 1982 Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 Adriano Arreola TKO 6 (8) Nov 14, 1981 Showboat Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 Vinnie Hines TKO 2 (6), 1:56 Nov 7, 1981 Hacienda, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 Juan Manuel Hernandez UD 6 Oct 21, 1981 Silver Slipper, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 Javier Benitez KO 5 (6) Sep 24, 1981 Hacienda, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 Jaime Nava PTS 8 Aug 5, 1981 Silver Slipper, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 Andrew Ruiz TKO 1 (4) Jul 29, 1981 Silver Slipper, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.

See also


  1. ^ "Floyd Mayweather's Uncle Roger Mayweather Dead at 58, Legendary Boxing Trainer". TMZ. Retrieved 2020-03-17.
  2. ^ "Floyd Mayweather Sr. reflects on father he barely knew; Floyd Jr. pays for grandfather's funeral".
  3. ^ "Michigan Death Notices-BERNICE MAYWEATHER".
  4. ^ "Roger Mayweather - Lineal Jr. Lightweight Champion". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.
  5. ^ "Topic to Topic with Roger Mayweather".
  6. ^ Vester, Mark. "Mayweather Still Champ, Roger Not So Lucky". 13 April 2006.
  7. ^ "Roger Mayweather arrested!". Boxing News. 18 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Roger Mayweather, Uncle and Trainer of Floyd, Dies at 58".
  9. ^ "Floyd Mayweather's Uncle Roger Mayweather Dead at 58, Legendary Boxing Trainer". TMZ. March 17, 2020.
  10. ^ Il ricordo El boxeo de luto: excampeón Roger Mayweather falleció a los 58 años (in Spanish)

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Preceded by
Ruben Munoz Jr.
USBA lightweight champion
October 23, 1982 – January 1983
Title next held by
Jimmy Paul
Preceded by USBA super featherweight champion
May 12, 1985 – July 1985
Title next held by
Kenny Baysmore
Title last held by
Darryl Tyson
WBC Continental Americas lightweight champion
November 28, 1986 – March 1987
Title next held by
John Duplessis
Minor world boxing titles
Title last held by
Mike Johnson
IBO light welterweight champion
May 28, 1994 – August 1994
Title next held by
Lester Ellis
Preceded by
Johnny Bizzarro
IBO welterweight champion
August 4, 1994 – June 1995
Title next held by
Kip Diggs
New title IBA welterweight champion
March 12, 1997 – November 1998
Title next held by
Oscar De La Hoya
Major world boxing titles
Preceded by WBA super featherweight champion
January 19, 1983 – February 26, 1984
Succeeded by
Preceded by WBC light welterweight champion
November 12, 1987 – May 13, 1989
Succeeded by
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