Mayweather cried after Olympic loss and opponent went on to work in supermarket


Floyd Mayweather was in tears after losing at the 1996 Olympics – it was the last time he tasted defeat.

The future boxing legend reached the semifinals of the featherweight class in Atlanta.

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Floyd Mayweather was in tears after losing the 1996 Olympicscredit: NBC
Floyd Mayweather's 1996 defeat was the last time he tasted defeat

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Floyd Mayweather’s 1996 defeat was the last time he tasted defeatcredit: NBC

Mayweather was then pitted against Bulgarian Serafev Todorov, who he appeared in the outbox comfortably in round three.

So much so that the referee raised his hand as the result was read out, only to have everyone stunned as it went the other way.

The arena then collapsed as Mayweather, who was only 19 at the time, failed to put into words the loss in a post-fight interview.

He added: “I thought I won the battle.”

The American was then asked if he thought three-time champion Todorov was preferred.

It is at that point that Mayweather’s feelings get the better of him as he wept bitterly.

The devastated prodigy – who gifted her bronze medal to her grandmother – turned pro just two months after her Olympic heartbreak.

Mayweather used Crushing Loss as inspiration to never beat it again, once describing it as “one of the best things that happened to me”.

And it proved instrumental in retiring 50-0 at the pay-per-view king, as the five-weight world champion and richest fighter of all time.

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But it was a completely different story for his controversial winner, Todorov.

According to New York Post, who details the career of the eventual silver medalist after the Atlanta Games, Todorov lived a modest life.

He shared a first floor flat in Bulgaria with his wife, son and daughter-in-law.

His jobs varied from working in a supermarket and in a sausage factory, as a driver, but later earned £315 a month for his pension.

Mayweather wanted to see his former rival take coaching and had no hard feelings after his unjust defeat.

He Told Sports Pundit From Ex-NFL Star Shannon Sharp In 2020: “I wish them all the best, but good luck.

“I don’t know why he didn’t become a boxing trainer because at the time we fought, he was already much older than me.

“I was fighting on the elite stage when I was 16. I wanted to be a pro when I was 14, but it never happened.

“Five years later, I turned 19. Within a year, I was a champion.”

Floyd Mayweather controversially lost to Serafev Todorov

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Floyd Mayweather controversially lost to Serafev Todorovcredit: getty

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