Floyd Mayweather reveals how much his first pay cheque was worth

Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor

Floyd 'Money' Mayweather ended his incredible career on Saturday night with a 10th round stoppage of Conor McGregor in Las Vegas. 

The American professional, who will sign off with a perfect record of 50-0, decided to come out of retirement for one more fight in hope of beating Rocky Marciano's record of 49-0.

Whilst the OCD's out there were hoping he would increase his record to an even number, Floyd Mayweather had another reason - money.

Whilst the exact figure of how much he earned will be kept a secret due to a both fighters signing a disclosure agreement, it is widely estimated he pulled in well over $300m.

Not bad for half hour's work. 

However, Floyd was not always raking in cheques of such magnitude.

After the fight, he looked back on the very first pay cheque he received at the tender age of just 19. 

“I can remember turning professional, I went to (promoters) Top Rank, and I saw the cheque,” the American said.

“I was like ‘damn, I’ve never seen anything like that in my life’. I come from poverty, from the inner city.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor

“The cheque was only 100,000 dollars, but to me, it was like 100 million dollars.

“I’d never seen those types of numbers. ‘Hood rich’ to me is 30,000 dollars, 40,000 dollars, 60,000 dollars.

“Everything Top Rank said I didn’t hear, I just wanted to sign on the dotted line and get the cheque. I thought I was the richest man in the world at 19, receiving 100,000 dollars.”

Whilst many of us would happily accept such a payout and comfortably live on it for several years, it has become clear that Floyd Mayweather now see's such an amount as pocket change. 

Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor

In an interview with ESPN, he told the hosts that he tried to bet $400,000 on winning the fight in under 9.5 rounds, but was denied because of the legalities of it.

Instead, his friend had to place the wager on his behalf for a capped amount of $87,000. 

It is also now estimated Mayweather could have entered the lucrative billionaire athletes club, alongside the likes of Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods.  

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