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Serafim Todorov: The forgotten boxer

Published 0925 GMT (1725 HKT) April 27, 2015
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The last man to defeat Floyd Mayweather in the boxing ring can be found in this gym in the small Bulgarian town of Pazardzhik. CNN
Former Olympic silver medalist Serafim Todorov lives off state handouts of under $500 a month -- a far cry from the lavish lifestyle of "Money" Mayweather, who has splashed out on $25,000 mouthguards ahead of his blockbuster bout with Manny Pacquiao. CNN
Pictured here showing CNN's Alex Thomas his old photo collection, the former boxer won three world amateur championships -- in 1991 at bantamweight, and in 1993 and 1995 at featherweight. CNN
The 45-year-old believes things could have turned out differently. There was a life-changing moment at Atlanta's 1996 Olympics when American boxing promoters approached him with a lucrative professional contract. CNN
Todorov (right) turned them down -- a decision he regrets to this day -- being confident he would win gold and have a successful amateur career. He beat the 19-year-old Mayweather by one point in a controversial featherweight semifinal, leaving just Thailand's Somluck Kamsing (left) as an obstacle to Olympic glory. Al Bello/Staff/Getty Images/file
But Todorov lost the final, claiming a silver medal while Mayweather signed up with the U.S. promoters, catapulting his career forward. He is now undefeated in 47 professional fights ahead of his long-awaited clash with Manny Pacquiao on May 2. Al/Getty Images/file
Mayweather vs. Pacquiao is expected to be the richest boxing match in history -- some tickets are on sale for nearly $130,000 -- while Todorov, known simply as "the man who beat Mayweather," hopes to set up a small gym by the Black Sea. ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images