Floyd Mayweather Jr. has a reputation for being boxing’s pretty boy—just like his fights, his ring wear is always an extravagant spectacle. For the $32 million match he had against Marcos Maidana on Saturday, Mayweather once again called on the skills of hip-hop’s fashion godfather, Dapper Dan, to design him some stunning new gear. Dapper Dan is known for creating iconic and luxurious bespoke leather garments out of his Harlem boutique in the 80s for legends like Run DMC and Mike Tyson. So Dan was the perfect designer to craft an attention-grabbing look for “Money” Mayweather, who ultimately took home the win.
I called up Dapper Dan to find out more about Mayweather’s outfit, Sugar Ray Robinson's influence on fashion, and how a man's balls can survive a 12-round fight inside a pair of leather shorts.