Floyd Mayweather

Floyd MayweatherFloyd Mayweather may get a bad wrap for his controversial statements in the media, but what he’s done in boxing has made him arguably the sport’s biggest star. With all his success, he makes sure to give back.

The undefeated boxing champ recently signed on as a title sponsor for the annual 2012 Golden Gloves Nationals Tournament of Champions for youths.

Tournament Director Dawn Sanchez said 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.

“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,” she continued.

“The Golden Gloves is where I got my start in boxing,” added 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.”

Mayweather’s sponsor includes a six-figure commitment for various other elements related to youth boxing events. He previously sponsored the 2008 National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan

He held an 84-6 record in the amateurs, and wasa 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.

Around 300 boxers, aged 17-34 and from states all over the country, will converge on Mesquite, Nevada, located about 80 miles north of Las Vegas, from Monday (April 30) through Saturday (May 5).

Tickets start at $12 and may be purchased at 2012NationalGoldenGloves.com.

Also May 5th, Mayweather will take on champion Miguel Cotto for the WBA Super Welterweight World title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.