The last man who officially won against Floyd Mayweather lives in near squalid conditions in his hometown of Pazardzhik in Bulgaria, a far cry from the jet-set lifestyle of the man he beat almost 20 years ago in the Olympics.
Serafim Todorov, who was awarded a controversial 10-8 decision in their featherweight semifinal matchup, told the New York Times in an article that appeared two days ago that he gets a monthly pension of 400 Euros ($435).
But the money doesn’t go a long way since he shares an apartment with his wife Albena and son Simeon and his pregnant daughter-in-law.
In contrast, Mayweather lives a life of luxury and on May 2 the unbeaten US fighter earn at least $120 million for facing Manny Pacquiao, who is guaranteed $80 million.
When everything is all accounted for, Mayweather might end up going home with $150 million, figures that Todorov, now pushing 46, never dreamt of.
In the 1996 Games, Todorov, then a ripe 27 and a three-time world amateur champion and two-time European kingpin, and Mayweather, just 19, battled on even terms with the Egyptian referee mistakenly raising his arms, thinking he had done enough to merit the decision.
But it was the arms of Todorov who got raised and the Bulgarian eventually earned a gold medal match against Thailand Somluck Kamsing.
Todorov believes Emil Jetchev, an influential Bulgarian head of the AIBA’s referee and officials had a hand in his victory over Mayweather and his loss stunning loss to Kamsing.
Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks