Floyd Mayweather Jr. used to be known as “Pretty Boy” Floyd, but somewhere along the line his nickname changed to “Money” Mayweather. I’m not sure when that happened, but we now know why.
“The nickname ‘Money’ came from when I was joking and throwing money into the camera, so it stuck with me,” Mayweather explained during a media day last week. “You can’t be a 35-year-old man calling yourself ‘Pretty Boy.’”
Alright, so that makes sense. There are plenty of people who ditch their childhood nickname for a “grown up” name when they get older, and I guess Floyd is no exception.
We know there’s at least another famous person who agrees with this approach.
Cedric the Entertainer did an entire bit on “The Original Kings of Comedy” about being too old to call someone “Delicious.” It’s true — you can’t be calling for your friend down the street and yelling out “Delicious!” That stuff only flies when you’re 15, not 35.
As for the original nickname, there is some confusion regarding its origin. Although he is extraordinarily vain, Floyd never called himself “Pretty Boy.” He actually got the nickname when he was coming up as a boxer because people noticed he always emerged from his fights without any cuts or bruises.
As for the “Money” nickname, well, we know he embraces that.