6 Actors Who Could Play Floyd Mayweather in a Movie About His Boxing Career
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It's difficult to find the right actors to play athletes in movies.
When producers hired Kevin Costner to play Crash Davis in the classic baseball movie Bull Durham, they had to make sure he could hit a baseball and portray himself as an athlete without sending the audience into hysterics.
Costner probably turned out to be a better athlete than actor. He had a great swing in that movie, and he has proven to be quite athletic.
If (when) a movie is made about the life of Floyd "Money" Mayweather, finding the right actor to portray him would not be easy. In addition to the superior athletic skills, the actor would have to be quite quick and funny in order to have a chance to pull off the role.
Here's a look at six potential candidates.
Jamie Foxx has the personality and ego to play Floyd Mayweather superbly.
He has played athletes in past movies, including quarterback Willie Beamen in Any Given Sunday (1999).
Foxx has athleticism, quickness and moves extremely well. He is probably the No. 1 candidate to play Mayweather.
He would also probably love the gig because it would give him a chance to overact and put his gigantic ego on display.
His given name is Shad Gregory Moss, and he started out as a child rapper.
However, he has proven to be a solid actor. He has been in movies like Roll Bounce, Lottery Ticket and The Family Tree. He has also appeared in hit the hit HBO series Entourage.
Bow Wow may not have a name that sounds serious enough, but he is a passionate and effective actor and a solid athlete.
Marcus T. Paulk
Marcus T. Paulk is an up-and-coming actor who has the outsized personality and confidence to play a superb champion like Floyd "Money" Mayweather.
He might need quite a bit of help with his boxing skills to get ready to play the role, but if Jamie Fox or Bow Wow couldn't do it, Paulk would be solid.
He has been in TV series like The Parkers, Moesha and The Hughleys, and he has also been in Extreme Movie and Red Tails.
Lee Thompson Young
Lee Thompson Young plays Detective Barry Frost on the TV series Rizzoli and Isles. His character shows a side where he is smart and sharp, and he also likes to have fun. That matches the same kind of personality that Floyd Mayweather presents on a regular basis.
Young was also in the hit 2004 movie Friday Night Lights, as he portrayed high school football player Chris Comer. He is a solid actor and a fine athlete, and would deserve consideration for playing Mayweather.
Brooklyn-born actor Collins Pennie has appeared in CSI: Miami and NCIS: Los Angeles. He also starred as Timekeeper Jaeger in the 2011 movie In Time.
Pennie is an actor of growing reputation, and he seems up to the demands that would allow him to take on the role of a gregarious champion like Floyd Mayweather.
He has also been a dancer throughout his career, a necessary commodity for someone who would play a boxer who moves around the ring as well as Mayweather.
Brandon T. Jackson
Jackson more than held his own when he acted opposite noted ham Martin Lawrence in Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011).
That's not easy because Lawrence tends to dominate with facial expressions and his overbearing personality. Jackson wouldn't let that happen.
Jackson is outgoing and fun-loving, and that would give him a leg up for playing Mayweather when he is not training and enjoying himself. Jackson also shows the tendencies of a solid athlete. While he would probably need some training in the ring, he appears to be a quick learner.