Mayweather had his hand raised and took home the “Money Belt” as became the first fighter to reach the 50-0 mark. Even bigger than that, he joined Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods as the only athletes to earn $1 billion in career earnings. Those are accolades that may never be surpassed and give Mayweather a place of reverence in the sport.
To go along with this, Mayweather “made up” for one of the more controversial fights on his resume: the battle against Manny Pacquiao. During the post-fight press conference Mayweather admitted that he owed this to the fans for the Pacquiao fight. While Mayweather isn’t a “hero” of any sorts, he did himself a favor by fighting this style of fight to close out his storied career on a note devoid of controversy and complaint.