Floyd Mayweather inherited the nickname ‘money’ for a reason and he’s doing everything in his power to solidify that notorious tagline despite officially retiring from boxing in 2017.
The former five-weight world champion decided to step away from professional boxing in August 2017 but is yet to hang up his gloves for good. The American has taken part in several lucrative exhibition bouts against the likes of YouTuber Logan Paul and Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa.
Mayweather will return to the ring once again on September 25 to face MMA fighter Mikuru Asakura at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. The exhibition will take place in front of 36,000+ fans, while those who are not in attendance can pay $29.99 (£26.20) to watch it remotely.
Fans are furious with the pay-per-view cost as it tops that of Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte (£24.94) and comes extremely close to Anthony Joshua’s fight against Oleksandr Usyk (£26.95).
However, Mayweather isn’t phased by the criticism. He is doing these fights for the money and he has made that clear. He previously described exhibition fights as ‘legalised bank robberies’ and insisted he would continue to take part in them as long as his body was able.
As a result, Sportsmail have taken a look back at Mayweather’s previous exhibition bouts and broke down exactly how much the American boxer has made over the last five years.
Mayweather has been taking part in exhibition bouts following his retirement as it pays well
He will face MMA fighter Mikuru Asakura on September 25 in an exhibition bout in Japan
Mayweather vs Tenshin Nasukawa
Mayweather’s exhibition bout with Nasukawa was a complete farce. The American boxing legend, who spent the majority of the fight smiling, floored his opponent three times within the first few minutes before Nasukawa’s corner threw in the towel.
To say Mayweather was out of shape heading into the fight would be unfair, but he certainly wasn’t in his prime. Nevertheless, the former boxer needed just nine minutes to finish the contest.
Mayweather was 41 years old at the time of the fight but proved to be too strong for Nasukawa, who was 21 years his junior. Mayweather’s left hand sent Nasukawa to the canvas for the first time before a right hand to the body and one to the head saw him hit the deck again.
Mayweather’s (right) exhibition bout with Tenshin Nasukawa (left) was a complete farce
Nasukawa’s team finally threw in the towel after Mayweather’s left hook sent him flying across the ring once more. The Japanese fighter was seen crying in his corner while Mayweather celebrated the result.
Mayweather’s reaction after the fight is not surprising considering he earned $9m in just nine minutes of action. That’s $1m for every 60 seconds he was inside the ring. Not bad, eh?
That wasn’t all Mayweather made from the fight either. He took 80 percent of the pay-per-view sales – earning himself an extra $26m.
Mayweather also made an additional $62m in promotional income and is said to have pocketed an extra $3m in sponsorship, according to TotalSportal.
The American boxing legend, who spent the majority of the fight smiling, floored his opponent three times within the first few minutes before Nasukawa’s corner threw in the towel
Mayweather vs Logan Paul
Mayweather and Paul took to the ring in a lucrative exhibition bout at Miami Gardens in Florida in June 2021. Mayweather claimed that he earned $100m (£75m) from what was his first fight since retiring in 2017.
The fight was widely criticized as damaging to the integrity of boxing. Many fans felt Mayweather’s inability to floor Paul made the bout a laughing stock and ruined his reputation as a professional boxer.
However, Mayweather wasn’t bothered. He said: ‘I’m the only person who can do a fake fight and get 100Ms (millions). Am I the best bank robber? Because I don’t know anyone in sports that’s my age and can still stick ’em up like that.
Mayweather and Logan Paul took to the ring in a lucrative exhibition bout at Miami Gardens
Speaking about how the fight may have impacted his legacy, Mayweather said: ‘I am going into the Hall of Fame. I have nothing to prove.
‘If they are happy with grappling and holding for eight rounds, that’s good for them – I hope the fans were pleased. I have been in this sport for so long, I was letting people see that I can come out at the age of 44 and bring 30,000 to the stadium and bring good pay-per-view numbers.
‘I am not going to perform like I was 19, it’s all about growth and aging – I can’t fight like when I fought people like Gatti and people like that.’
The fight between the pair is said to have generated one million buys, with the encounter being sold for $50 in America. Mayweather was said to be taking home 50 percent of those sales – meaning he could have earned around $25m in PPV sales for the eight-round contest.
The fight was widely criticized as damaging to the integrity of boxing. Many fans felt Mayweather’s inability to floor Paul made the fight a laughing stock
Mayweather is also said to have picked up an additional $30m in sponsorship, according to TotalSportal.
Discussing the reason behind taking on more exhibition fights, Mayweather said: ‘I can fight a fighter right now and I can guarantee myself $35 million.
I can eventually probably make $50 million, for just a regular fight. Or me and Logan Paul can go out, entertain, have fun and make nine figures – $100 million or more.
‘Everybody thinks that ‘retired’ means at home with your feet up and picking up weight. I prefer to go out, still entertain and have fun.
‘Just because I still go out, entertain and have fun doesn’t mean that I still want to fight for 12 rounds.
I think we’ve got a six-round exhibition. I think it’s gonna be very entertaining for the people, I think people are gonna love it. $35 million for 12 rounds or $100 million for six rounds – big difference.’
Mayweather vs Don Moore
Mayweather’s exhibition with Don Moore was a true boxing masterclass. He showed his former sparring partner exactly how you should jab and took Moore through eight torrid rounds.
The fight had originally been penciled in for Saturday May 14 but the death of the UAE president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan forced it to be postponed owing to a period of national mourning.
They eventually stepped into the ring on September 21, facing off in Abu Dhabi instead of the helipad at the top of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.
Mayweather’s (left) exhibition with Don Moore was a complete boxing masterclass
Mayweather started round one by assessing his opponent’s abilities. He stood off and let Moore approach him. Round two brought exemplary footwork and a combination of killer left jabs.
Moore tried to respond but simply ducked under the oncoming glove and fired back with a shot of his own. Not only demoralizing for Moore but a tad embarrassing.
Rounds four and five saw Mayweather really begin to turn the screw in a manner that became so synonymous with his career. By the sixth it was clear Moore was struggling to hang on.
By the seventh and eighth Moore had fallen to the canvas, not directly through a Mayweather punch but more the barrage of jabs that the American had unleashed on him
By the seventh and eighth Moore had fallen to the canvas, not directly through a Mayweather punch but more the barrage of jabs that the American had unleashed on him from about the second round.
There was no official result at the end of the fight, but it was clear Mayweather had taken Moore to the cleaners.
Mayweather’s efforts inside the ring saw him earn about 80 percent from pay-per-view sales, a total of around $60,000. Mayweather was also entitled to a guaranteed $9m purse ahead of the fight.