Floyd Mayweather has never lost a professional boxing match with a perfect 46-0 record, but he is a loser to Bulgarian boxer Serafim Todorov in the semifinals of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
Todorov was 27 years old then and was considered one of the best and most experienced boxers in the Atlanta Olympics, but Todorov’s life couldn’t be more different than Mayweather’s since the fight.
Mayweather is now the highest-paid athlete in the world, Todorov lives on a monthly pension of 435 dollars. Todorov and his wife are both unemployed after working at supermarkets and sausage factories, according to the New York Times reports.
Forbes calculated this week that Mayweather will likely to earn at least 150 million dollars in the welterweight world title showdown on May in Las Vegas against Manny Pacquiao, who will take in more than 100 million dollars.
Todorov’s neighborhood in Bulgaria is ridden with drug dealers and “underworld bosses” who have offered Todorov positions, but he has turned them down.
It’s a far cry from where Todorov was in the 1996 Olympics. Todorov beat Mayweather in a close 10-9 decision, which was later appealed by Mayweather and the US team, who believed that Bulgarian judge Emil Jetchev was judging unfairly.
Todorov had a chance to cash in on his win. Todorov says he was approached by three men after the fight who offered him a professional contract, but he turned them down outright.
Todorov says he later had an offer on the table to transfer his nationality to Turkey for the 1997 world championships. If he had won the gold, Turkey would have paid him 1 million dollars. But the deal fell through at the last minute.
He has barely competed since. “It was stupid. I came back and I found hell,” Todorov said. Enditem