“Money” isn’t just a nickname. It's historically accurate.
Floyd Mayweather implies on the next Showtime “All Access,” in a video obtained by TMZ on Wednesday, that he expects to make $300 million — or more — in his boxing match with Conor McGregor on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas.
Mayweather said he doesn't need to sign a four- or five-year contract to make the big bucks, like other pro athletes. He can do it in one night.
“I can do it in 36 minutes — 300 or better in 36 minutes,” Mayweather said. “We’re just being real. Like I said before, I’m not hurting. I’m far from hurting. … I got paper. They talking about Mayweather this and Mayweather that, I’m not hurting. I got mine.”
Conor McGregor is expected to make somewhere in the range of $100 million for the megafight, but the parties involved have not really spoken specifically about exact financial numbers, even when asked. Mayweather reportedly made more than $200 million in his 2015 blockbuster matchup with Manny Pacquiao.
“I can’t say what the UFC is paying [McGregor], but every month I make millions,” Mayweather said. “So they talk about it, I be about it. I really got it. Y’all not gonna make this in a lifetime.”
McGregor, the UFC lightweight champion, is the highest paid fighter in the UFC and the biggest money draw in the history of MMA. Mayweather, who is coming out of retirement, is the biggest draw in the history of combat sports, and sports a 49-0 record.
When it comes to money, Mayweather has been unparalleled in sports. And he's not afraid to remind everyone about that.
“Before we can speak on Floyd Mayweather and speak on, ‘Oh, Floyd Mayweather, he done this and he done that,’ and what he can and what he can’t do, I mean, am I the highest paid athlete out there?” Mayweather said. “And just coming back.”