Former Welterweight Champion, Floyd Mayweather says he has every right to be cocky or arrogant as he fought his way from abject poverty to one of the greatest fighters of all time.

The “Pretty Boy Floyd” as he is affectionately called said his enormous success in the sport did not come on a silver platter.

“I was always on my grind. I fought my way from poverty to the top; I am often scrutinized for being cocky or arrogant, but I have every right to be,” the boxer said in an Instagram post.

Floyd Mayweather who is the founder of Mayweather Promotions, according to Fobes, is worth $1 billion.

The American boxer has courted series of controversies as he has been convicted of domestic violence since 2001.

First, he punched the face of his daughter’s mother three times in February 2012.

After 5 months, he struck her on the neck. In 2003, he punched his girlfriend’s friends and in 2010 he beat his ex-wife in front of their children.

His son Koraun Mayweather, who was 10 at that time, wrote a letter to the police telling what had happened. Though the evidence was comprehensible, he served 60 days of his 90-day sentence in jail.

Throughout his career, Mayweather won twelve world titles and held the world championship belt in five separate divisions and four different weight classes. When he retired, Mayweather was the reigning WBC, WBA, and Ring welterweight champion, as well as the WBC, WBA, and Ring junior middleweight champion.