Floyd Mayweather Has Been A Part Of The Four Highest-Grossing Boxing Matches In History

By on September 3, 2017 in ArticlesSports News

This past Saturday, Floyd Mayweather defeated Conor McGregor via TKO in the 10th round of their highly anticipated bout, which took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. After years of speculation and months of fanfare, the fight, which many expected to be a cakewalk for Mayweather, was more entertaining than many expected. Despite failing to sell out T Mobile Arena, (roughly 14,000 attended the fight at the 20,000 seat stadium), both Mayweather and McGregor are going to be taking home gigantic paychecks when all of the numbers are crunched by their respective accountants. As a result, Floyd Mayweather will be able to make a claim that no other boxer in history can make.

After all is said and done, the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is expected to be the highest grossing boxing match of all time. According to conservative estimates, the duo are expected to have grossed $500 million collectively in their 9.5 rounds of action. This would dethrone Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao's May 2015 fight as the richest fight of all time (Mayweather vs Pacquiao grossed $410 million).

When looking further down the list of the highest-grossing fights of all time, Mayweather's name is also involved in the next two highest-grossing fights; his 2013 bout with Canelo Alvarez, which grossed $150 million, and his 2007 bout with Oscar De La Hoya, which grossed $140 million. This means that Floyd Mayweather has been a part of 4 of the highest grossing fights of all time, something that no other boxer in the world can lay claim to.

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The highest-grossing fight that doesn't involve Floyd Mayweather? The 2002 fight between Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis grossed a total of $110 million, a far cry from the likely half-billion dollars that Mayweather and McGregor grossed this weekend.

Another interesting tidbit of info; the amount of money that Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor made off of the Saturday fight accounted for 99 percent of the fighter payroll that night. Mayweather's disclosed pay for the fight alone was $100 million, while McGregor's disclosed pay was $30 million. Out of the fourteen other fighters who took part in the 7 undercard bouts, Badou Jack, who won the WBA Light heavyweight title after defeating Nathan Cleverly, earned the most money; a relatively mere $750,000. Sydney LeBlanc, a female boxer, took home the smallest check of the night; $3,500.

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