Floyd Mayweather put his legacy and unbeaten record on the line Saturday night when he stepped into the ring against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Mayweather will receive a record assurance of $41.5 million.
In a 17-year profession full of monster paydays, it will be the biggest one yet, topping the $45 million, including his share of PPV revenue, for fighting Miguel Cotto in 2012. Mayweather’s cumulative career pays will likely hit $350 million with the Canelo fight.
Mayweather’s take from the Canelo match will ultimately be based on the final PPV count. Mayweather Promotions chief Leonard Ellerbe believes Mayweather could rake in as much as $100 million from the fight, which would likely require at least three million buys. It’s a hopeful tally, but if Mayweather nets $70 million from the fight, it will push his career earnings to $350 million.
Mayweather is far from done creating money with this fight. He has four matches remaining after Canelo on the six-fight deal he signed with Showtime in February. Mayweather is likely looking at over $150 million from those bouts which would make him the half-a-billion dollar man.
According to Los Angeles Times, Floyd Mayweather Jr. issued an apology Monday night for a photo and captions on his Instagram account ridiculing Oscar De La Hoya’s time in a treatment facility. Find out more here.