It’s now 21 days and counting until Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor step into the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and sort it out once and for all. Months of consideration over the fight has now been followed by months of build-up. Everybody has been talking the talk, and in just over 3 weeks one of them will walk the walk too.
The earnings of both Mayweather and McGregor have mainly been based on the rumour-mill, but in an interview with Showtime, Mayweather has explained that his nickname, ‘Money’, stands for a reason. Talking on a documentary series called All Access: Mayweather v McGregor, the American boxer declared that he’ll earn $300m (£226m) for his part in the fight.
He said: “I mean, am I the highest paid athlete out there? And just coming back? Are we not talking about no contact? “We not talking about no contract for no four years, or no contract for no five years. I can do it in 36 minutes. “$300m or better. In 36 minutes.”
If you wanted to know, it roughly translates to $500m (£378m) per hour.
The ‘or better’ line implies that Mayweather thinks he can see off McGregor in less than the 12 rounds of three minutes. Either way, $500m for an hour’s work and never have to do anything again in your life, you’d take that, wouldn’t you?
Mayweather, who owns Mayweather Promotions doesn’t half like showing that he has cash. Earlier in the week, the 49-0 boxer taunted McGregor about cash in a video on Instagram. The video highlights Mayweather showing off his collection of very expensive watches. The caption read: “It’s time to do your homework. A light ten piece with no sauce… And for the record that’s a 44mm white gold Patek Philippe.”
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Patek Philippe watches are sold in the six-figure range. As if that wasn’t enough showboating, in the documentary clip, Mayweather pulls out a bag, filled with bundles of cash. He added: “I got money, all in hundreds. I can’t say what Conor McGregor is doing. I can’t say what the UFC is paying him, but every month I make millions.
“They call me money Mayweather for a reason, I’m going to get it regardless.” Money and sport are going together hand-in-hand down a slippery path. On Wednesday, the figures announced in the transfer of Neymar Jr. from FC Barcelona to Paris St. Germain (PSG) shocked several.
In a £198m transfer, the Brazilian Superstar is expected to earn £515,000 per week, and that’s AFTER tax.
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