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FM: It's about legacy. It's about breaking records. You want your name to live on forever in a sport. You want your name to live on forever in entertainment, no different from a guy like Michael Jackson, Muhammad Ali, my icons. Hopefully someday my name will be mentioned among some of the best, not just athletes but entertainers.
JW: Your income will be more than that of any other athlete this year. What do you think that says?
FM: Surround yourself with the right team. It takes brains to make the money. [My adviser] Leonard Ellerbe has a master's in business. Al Haymon, Harvard. I wasn't fortunate enough to graduate from high school, but I wanted to make a way for my family, so I went to the 12th grade. My family was in a rough situation. We lived in a project building, seven people in a one-bedroom apartment with no hot water. So I said, Whatever it takes to put my family in a good position. That's what I did. I always knew I would be huge.
JW: When did you first feel rich?
FM: You've got to be rich at heart first. You can't chase the money. It will come to you if you're doing what you're supposed to do.
JW: What does money mean to you?
FM: Money is just comfort. I'm very, very thankful I'm able to put my family in a comfortable position. I was just having a talk with my fiancée about that. I was just telling her, Money is just comfort.
JW: Stop saying that. It's your nickname, man. Come on.
FM: Yeah, Floyd (Money) Mayweather. Well, it's out with the old, in with the new. When I left the sport, took a two-year vacation, just resting up, I left Pretty Boy Floyd. I had a nice little haircut. I came back, bald head, Floyd (Money) Mayweather. You have to be able to adapt and adjust.
JW: You're known for flash, the cars, the plane; you're tweeting [photos] of your gambling slips. How much of that is part of your persona and how much—