Floyd Maywether is really living up to his nickname ‘Money’ because the 49-0 boxer will be earning an eye-watering fee for his highly anticipated fight with Conor McGregor.
Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past few months there’s a big fight happening on August 26 between two of combats sports most polarising figures. I’m talking about Mayweather and McGregor here, if you haven’t fathomed from the title and opening paragraph…
The fight is sure to be the most lucrative in boxing history… perhaps bordering on the ludicrous, with both fighters sure to walk off with a hefty paycheck no matter the outcome. I think the only losers here are we viewers for buying into the media circus, but that’s neither here nor there I suppose.
If you want an idea of how much money both fighters will earn, Mayweather revealed in Showtime’s recent episode of All Access: Mayweather Vs McGregor Preview just how much he’s pocketing.
The braggadocious fighter told Showtime that :
… am I the highest-paid athlete out there? And just coming back? We not talking about no contract. We not talking about no contract for no 4 years, or no contract for no 5 years. I can do it in 36 minutes. $300 million (£227.8 million) or better. In 36 minutes.
Well they don’t call him ‘Money’ for nothing I suppose, if you were to break down those 36 minutes he’d be earning at least $8 million (over £6 million) per minute.
Damn if you think about it; one minute in the ring with Mayweather would set you up for life, it would pay off that outstanding student loan, buy a new house and there would still be enough left for a luxury holiday with first class flights.
However, ESPN analysts Darren Rovell and Dan Rafael have claimed that new projections for the upcoming bout will gross less than the total Mayweather’s 2015 bout with Manny Pacquiao – which had so much hype but ended up being as exciting as a plastic bag floating through the wind.
The experts have suggested that Mayweather-McGregor will only make $606 million (just over £460 million), which is $17 million (£12.9 million) shy of Mayweather-Pacquiao.
So Floyd ‘Miscalculation’ Mayweather may need to run his figures again…