Floyd Mayweather is set to launch himself into the world of MMA promoting - with the aim of improving the quality of life for fighters.
If there is one thing that he's known more for than his boxing prowess, it's his ability to make, and spend, money, and he reckons MMA is ripe for mining.
In an interview with FightHype.com, the boxer announced a call to arms for MMA fighters, saying that a switch to Mayweather Promotions will bring them what they deserve.
In it for the fighters
“If you want to be treated fair, come over to Mayweather Promotions. We believe in the talent winning. That’s what we believe in," the superstar said.
"We believe in treating our boxers and our MMA fighters fair. I want a lot of MMA fighters to get in touch with Mayweather Promotions."
One of boxing's all-time greats in preaching to a choir at the moment, with several people outraged at the level in which a lower-tier fighter is paid in the UFC alone.
There's a $8,000 minimum pay that many fighters on the preliminaries will get paid for showing. There's usually another $8,000 as a win bonus but it still leaves them struggling to get by, especially once you consider the costs of travel, coaches and training.
The issue with MMA and fighter pay at the moment, is that there is very much a monopoly for the top fighters and that is the UFC or bust.
Preparing to take on White and co.
“I look forward to putting on my first MMA show also and having me some MMA champions. Like I said before, Floyd Mayweather loves to think outside the box. We’re not just one-dimensional. We are very versatile and we have an open mind,” Mayweather said.
“When I get into the MMA game, I want them to make more money than they’re making, because from what I hear, they’re not being treated fair. Once again, I don’t have nothing to say about nobody. I’m only talking about what I’m here to do. I’m here to treat fighters fair. I’m here to treat MMA fighters fair, and I feel that the talent should win."
Mayweather's ability to get paid well is near enough second-to-none in the sporting world and he certainly knows how to market himself, so stars switching over isn't going to be a surprise.
He would be able to bring some huge sponsors into the MMA world, that would see the fighters earn more than their UFC contracts.
If Mayweather is serious about this venture, then it's not really a case of who, but when people will come to him and if he backs that up - it's going to cause a big headache for the UFC top brass.
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