Boxing champion in multiple weight divisions, perhaps the best of our era, Floyd Mayweather is teasing another big comeback. After news broke earlier today, ‘Money’ released a clip showing blistering speed…
Floyd Mayweather is training awfully hard for someone who is supposed to be retired. The truth is, however, Floyd has more reasons to come out of retirement now than he did 2 years ago.
Floyd retired in 2015 after his bout with Andre Berto. The win pushed Floyd’s record to 49-0. He would only come out of retirement to take on Conor McGregor and receive the payday attached to a fight with him.
Floyd’s motivation for retiring after the Berto fight was obvious. Coming on the heels of his lacklustre and poorly received performance against Manny Pacquiao, his bout with Berto did not draw well on PPV. The ironically titled fight card, “High Stakes”, only garnered 400,000 buys. It was the lowest drawing Mayweather fight in close to a decade.
The bout’s poor PPV performance led many to beleive the Pacquiao fight had drastically reduced Floyd’s drawing ability. The fight with Conor confirmed this not to be the case, however.
How Much Did Floyd Make off the Fight with Conor?
Some experts are estimating Floyd Mayweather made as much as $300 million off his fight with Conor. Others, however, are suggesting that is an inflated number. All the same, it’s fair to say Floyd made off with a lot of money for one night’s work.
The impressive buyrate for the fight with Conor seemed to completely wipe away the stink that was left on Floyd and boxing as a result of the ill-received bout with Pacquiao. All of a sudden, Floyd’s team has no reason to believe another bout would do as poorly as his bout with Berto did.
The money awarded to the fighters is a result of a guaranteed $100 million purse, $72 million in ticket sales — which doesn’t include a record $19 million in national closed-circuit revenue at more than 5,000 bars, restaurants and commercial establishments — and a record $6.9 million in closed-circuit revenue.