There aren’t many better businessmen in the world of sport than Floyd Mayweather.
The American boxer, who has made millions during his career, secured the best deal of his life when he agreed to come out of retirement to fight UFC star Conor McGregor.
Mayweather is known as one of the finest pound-for-pound boxers the world has ever witnessed. Forty-nine boxers tried and failed to beat the 40-year-old and his next opponent comes in the form of someone who has never fought a professional boxing match.
And how much is Mayweather slated to earn for going up against McGregor? Around £186 million, according to the Daily Mail.
Mayweather is expected to make light work of the Irishman and it would be a surprise if he didn’t.
His previous fights against Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao and Canelo Alvarez remain the three biggest pay-per-view bouts of all time and the fight against McGregor on August 26 is set to surpass those.
Mayweather will earn £19.4m from ringwear deals
In another sign of Mayweather’s marketing genius, the Telegraph are reporting that the five-division world champion will make £19.4 million from the McGregor fight in ringwear deals alone.
Mayweather’s sponsorship partners One Entertainment have requested £11m for six sections on the American’s shorts.
A spot on Mayweather’s robe is worth £775,000, which is the same fee that sponsors will have to pay to appear on the American’s victory cap and boxing shoes.
A betting company have actually paid £2.2m for the ring cushion behind Mayweather’s head between rounds. Incredible.
Here’s a full breakdown of the cost of Mayweather’s ringwear.
Walk-out cap: $0.5m
Boxing shoe: $1m
Weigh-in trunks: $1m
Victory cap: $1m
Ring sponsorships: $5m
- Front side seams: $3.5m
- Front top waist: $3.5m+
- Rear top waist: $2m
- Rear centre: $3m
- Front thigh: $1.5m
- Rear thigh: $1.5m
Fans are betting on McGregor
Everyone wants to be a part of the biggest fight in boxing history. And if that means spending insane sums up money, so be it.
According to the Daily Mail, 95 per cent of the bets that have been made on the fight are in favour of McGregor, and Mayweather himself has fuelled the idea that the UFC star could cause a huge upset in the T-Mobile Arena by admitting he’s not the fighter he once was.
“I’m not the same fighter I was two years ago. I’m not the same fighter I was five years ago. I lost a step,” Mayweather told ESPN earlier in the month.
“A fighter like Andre Berto isn’t even supposed to go the distance with Floyd Mayweather, but remember, I was 38. It’s obvious I’m slipping a little bit to even let a fighter like that go the distance with me.”
It’s interesting that Mayweather can even entertain the thought of losing to McGregor considering the damage a defeat would do to his reputation.
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