Floyd Mayweather may boast a perfect record in the professional boxing arena going into the superfight between himself and Manny Pacquiao next month, but there is one man who knows how to beat one of the sport’s all-time greats.
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Bulgarian Serafim Todorov denied Mayweather an opportunity at a good medal in the featherweight division at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, when the then 19-year-old lost the fight 10-9 on the scorecards, despite many observers claiming the American deserved to win the fight.
Nevertheless, the controversial loss became the last blemish on Mayweather’s incredible career, and he has since gone forty-seven professional bouts without defeat.
In contrast, after the Games – where he would have to settle for the silver medal – Todorov’s career failed to make anything like the same impact. His professional career lasted just six fights, although he did win five of those contests, before retiring in 2003.
According to the Daily Mail, the 45-year-old is currently unemployed and surviving off state benefits.
“I live on just a hand out from the state, the money I get from the government is not enough, my family have no jobs,” he explained.