The former pound-to-pound king of boxing, Floyd Mayweather Jr., who retired unbeaten in 50 fights, has revealed how much money he made in his fights against Filipino boxing legend Manny Paquiao and Irish MMA legend Conor McGregor. Speaking with rapper Gillie Da King and social media influencer Wallo267 in the 111th episode of the Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcast, Mayweather has revealed how much money he made in two of his career’s most mediatized fights – and his current net worth.
The Money Fight
The Money Fight, also known as “The Biggest Fight in Combat Sports History” or, officially, the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor, was the professional boxing match between the legends of their respective combat sports that took place in August 2017 in Paradise, Nevada. The match had the second-highest pay-per-view buy rate in history. The event was massive for Betway MMA betting, too, going down in history as one of the events that punters were most interested in. Ahead of the event, more than $1 billion worth of bets were placed on the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight, with bookmakers reporting tens of millions in bets placed on the fight in the final hours leading up to it. The Las Vegas bookmakers alone reported six separate $1 million bets on the fight, with the vast majority of bets placed on the underdog, Conor McGregor.
Currency or legacy
“I would [rather] have the currency than the legacy, my legacy is already engraved in stone,” the boxing legend told the hosts. “They say, ‘Mayweather’s doing exhibitions, it’s bad for boxing’. At the end of the day, my mother’s a millionaire, my dad’s a millionaire, my children are millionaires. My little grandson is a multi-millionaire and he don’t even know it.” When asked about whether he is a billionaire, Mayweather revealed that he reached that point a few years ago, pointing out that his net worth is currently around $1.2 billion due to returns on some investments that make him millions pretty much every week.
As for the two massive fights, he revealed that he pocketed a total of $650 million. “Tell me another fighter that beat 16 world champions straight? Tell me another fighter that, in just two fights, made $650million? For Pacquiao I made $300million, for McGregor I made $350million.”
Comparatively, the paycheck Mayweather disclosed at the time was $100 million, with McGregor guaranteed to pocket $30 million.