Hanging out with Justin Bieber? Floyd Mayweather can do that (despite who else in the sports world might want to make fun of him for it) and pretty much whatever else he wants after his latest fight and victory. The 36-year old dispatched 23-year old Mexican star Canelo Alvarez in relatively straightforward fashion, but with “Money” Mayweather the fight is rarely the biggest story.
What is, of course, is the cash. Mayweather’s contract called for him to haul in a whopping $41.5 million guaranteed for the bout, but we knew that already.
What is new is where that, plus an as-yet-to-be-determined pay-per-view payout, leaves the undefeated champ’s career winnings: If you guessed more than $350 million, then you’d be correct.
However, it could soar well past that mark once the television dollars are counted. Kevin Iole from Yahoo! Sports talked to Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, and discovered that when all is said and done, Money Mayweather’s total haul from Saturday may exceed $100 million.
Ellerbe gave a brief glimpse into Mayweather’s private business world, and said the $41.5 million check he’ll receive on Saturday is but a mere pittance compared to what he might make if the fight breaks the all-time record of 2.5 million pay-per-view sales.
“The sky’s the limit on how well this fight does,” Ellerbe said. “You’ve got to remember we’re not in no situation. We’re controlling what’s going on. We’re dictating. We’re dictating the terms. So, if it goes through the roof, then it is what it is. He stands to make a whole lot of money in this fight.”
He drew out the word whole for several seconds, and arched his eyebrows and beamed as he spoke. Mayweather is not just going to add just a few million extra dollars if the pay-per-view does well, according to Ellerbe.
“Listen, if this fight goes through the roof, Floyd Mayweather could make $100 million in this fight as sure as we’re standing here talking,” Ellerbe said.
As of writing, the TV numbers have yet to come in. Needless to say, however, Mayweather had himself one fantastic night – both in the ring and at the bank.
[H/T: Bleacher Report]