Floyd Mayweather Jr. has made a name for himself in the boxing world and managed to amass an impressive fortune throughout his career.
But sometimes there is a drama that comes with fame.
On June 11, Mayweather faced off against John Gotti III, grandson of notorious crime boss John Gotti. After the referee warned both fighters to behave professionally, he stopped the fight in the sixth round, and when Gotti ignored the disqualification and continuing to fight, a mass brawl ensued, resulting in people from both teams jumping into the ring.
And although there may not have been a winner for this exhibition, Mayweather is no loser when it comes to his millions. He’s reportedly worth $450 million.
Mayweather’s Money Streams
It’s safe to say that much of Mayweather’s earnings come from his boxing career. In 1996, he won several national amateur championships and created an impressive career where he won titles within five different weight divisions. His fights with superstar opponents like Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, and Conor McGregor also resulted in big payouts. According to TalkSport, Mayweather garnered about $500 million after beating Conor McGregor and Manny Pacquiao, two of the highest-bought fights in history.
Mayweather also had a knack for attracting many to his fights and consistently broke pay-per-view records. His fight against Pacquiao had 4.6 million PPV buys, making about $600 million in revenue.
Between 2010 and 2014, Mayweather made about $217 million, around $11 million to $41.5 million per fight. In his fight with Canelo Álvarez in 2013, although he was guaranteed $41.5 million, he made more than $80 million. He also receives a percentage of items sold in the arena on his fight nights, ranging from tickets to food.
He retired in 2017 from professional boxing after defeating UFC star Conor McGregor; since then, he has been participating in high-paying exhibition fights. For example, in an exhibition fight against Logan Paul, Mayweather was guaranteed $10 million in base salary and 50 percent pay-per-view shares, Sporting News reported. According to Mayweather, the deal netted him a total of $100 million.
As Finurah previously reported, in September 2022, Mayweather boasted he made “millions” for his exhibition fight against Japanese MMA fighter Mikuru Asakura. He knocked out Asakura in the second round of their match on Sept. 25. Mayweather claims he made millions for every 60 seconds he stood in the ring.
There have been some doubts about the scope of Mayweather’s wealth.
Chael Sonnen, a retired UFC fighter turned YouTuber and podcaster, called out Mayweather’s claims for the Asakura fight.
“Floyd claims he is going to get $20 million dollars for this. I call it ‘rassling because they’re not actually [fighting],” said Sonnen on his YouTube channel, according to Marca. “But whatever they’re getting ready to do, Japan, whatever that is that’s going to look like boxing, he is getting eight million dollars.
Sonnen continued, “Now, eight is a beautiful number. But he claimed he was getting 20…I have a journalistic obligation to come and inform you it’s actually eight million dollars, and he’s exaggerating.”
Exaggeration or not, Mayweather’s wins can’t be challenged.With over 20-plus years in the sport, Mayweather fought 50 times with 50 wins and no losses. He has 27 KOs.
In addition to his boxing purses, Mayweather reportedly has an investment portfolio of over $100 million. That includes real estate and his own businesses outside of boxing. His promotion company, Mayweather Promotions, is often involved with musical events, films, and TV shows. Mayweather has also invested in commercial real estate.
Outside of the ring, Floyd typically has earned millions from other investments.
“My philosophy is never stop getting it [money]. Currency over legacy,” Mayweather told the Boxing Scene. “Currency over legacy. Believe me, if I don’t ever do another exhibition in my life, I can live a great life.”