They call Floyd Mayweather “Money” with good reason. It is estimated that in the course of his pro boxing career, the former five-weight world champion generated revenue in the region of $1,670,000,000.
Some combat sports athletes are bigger draws at the box office than others, but Mayweather is up there with the best of them. Before retiring at 50-0, he had around 24,000,000 buys on pay-per-view, eclipsing fellow boxing luminaries like Mike Tyson and old rival Manny Pacquiao.
Mayweather fights became an attraction, and that has continued into exhibition contests. His 2017 crossover bout with MMA star Conor McGregor drew $370,000,000 and 4,300,000 PPV sales worldwide. “Money” has since fought in Japan and most recently against YouTuber and Westlake, Ohio native Logan Paul, despite the social media personality being 18 years his junior.
No official winner of their June 6 encounter in Miami Gardens was announced, but Mayweather landed more punches with far greater accuracy than Paul, who had height, weight, and reach advantages. The catchweight contest in Hard Rock Stadium went the full eight rounds with no prizes for guessing which fighter received the lion’s share of the purse.
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It has been widely reported that Mayweather earned a fight fee of $7,000,000 upfront with half of the PPV revenue to follow on top of that. Despite only being an exhibition match and the fact that Paul was one of his least established opponents in a sporting sense, a new box office record surpassing “The Money Fight” against McGregor could well be set.
In the build-up to the bout, Mayweather claimed it could make nine figures. If that is the case, then most of the $100,000,000 plus will be going into his pocket. Meanwhile, Paul stands to gain much less from the fight, but that still should be a significant sum of money. While his fight fee was a mere fraction of Mayweather’s at $175,000 with just 10 percent of PPV revenue to come, this could still easily be in the region of $20,000,000 in total.
Paul used his greater size and stature to clinch his way through the fight. It’s not a popular tactic with fans who want to see punches thrown and the referee would certainly intervene more often had he met Mayweather between the ropes in a professional bout. This approach may have something to do with Paul’s amateur wrestling background as he dabbled with grappling in the NCAA while studying at college.
As the old saying goes, styles make fights. Mayweather is widely recognized as the best defensive boxer of his era and probably of all time, knowing precisely when to pick and choose his moments to attack. That method of performance in the ring certainly hadn’t changed as he threw just under half as many punches as Paul during their dust-up, but 40 percent found their mark.
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When you consider that, the inaccuracy of his opponent with just 13 percent of punches landed and the frequent coming together, the fight may not have lived up to the hype. Mayweather talked about wanting to entertain fans beforehand but always reverts to type when he steps into the ring.
Undaunted by taking on one of the famous boxers of the twenty-first century, Paul was the clear underdog going into the fight according to oddsmakers. Those giving betting tips on the bout largely saw it as a case of when rather than if Mayweather would win. Without an officially announced winner, all the top boxing betting sites you can access through asiabet.org may have taken a different approach to how they settled wagers.
Major bouts, be they professional or exhibition like Mayweather v Paul, have in-play markets too, so bets can be placed as the fight progresses. As neither man got their hand raised, it does always leave the door open for a rematch somewhere down the road, where in-play betting could come in handy if Paul shapes up.
Paul can say that he has shared the ring with one of the all-time greats. Not bad for an industrial engineering dropout from Ohio University. At 26, Paul may well have plenty more bouts between the ropes as he continues to transcend social media platforms and continue his crossover into mainstream celebrity.