Boxer Floyd Mayweather overcame Marcos Maidana for a second time in Las Vegas last night, adding yet more millions to his stratospheric career earnings.
Despite picking up more bumps and bruises than he’s usually used to in a fight that went the distance, Mayweather was awarded his 47th successive victory on a unanimous decision that keeps his undefeated record intact and adds $32m to his bank account.
Each minute Mayweather spent squaring off to his Argentinian opponent in the MGM Grand ring earned him $888,889. With every sounding of the bell and return to his corner between rounds, Mayweather was $2.7m better off.
No wonder he calls himself “Money”.
In contrast, Marcos Maidana won $83,333 per minute, or $249,999 per round. Despite the presence of another loss on his record, the fighter still can’t be too displeased with his $3m for a night’s work - even if it is a far cry from his opponent's incomings.
Mayweather’s latest bout will re-assert his status as the highest-paid athlete in the world, an accolade attributed to him by Forbes last year. Mayweather now has total career earnings of $420m. In the last 12 months alone, he has pocketed around $105.5m from his exploits in the ring.
The $32m picked up for his rematch victory over Maidana marks his 10th successive bout to have earned him $25m or more - a run that began with his high-profile but narrow triumph over Oscar De La Hoya in 2007.
“Money” Mayweather’s record payday came a year ago when he earned $41.5m from his fight with another Mexican star; Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. The fight dubbed “The One” was the highest grossing pay-per-view victory of all time, with 2.2m pay-per-views generating a cool $150m in total revenue.
The Mayweather vs Alvarez match-up topped a record unsurprisingly held by another Mayweather bout - vs De La Hoya.
The millions are likely to keep on rolling in for Mayweather, who still has two fights left on his $200m six fight deal with US cable TV station Showtime.
Mayweather says he will call it a day once the final two fights are up, leaving fans praying he will pick Manny Pacquiao as one of his opponents. A mega-fight between the two titans of the sport failed to materialise in the past due to a series of disagreements, yet Pacquiao has declared he is ready and willing to meet Mayweather, while the American finally reciprocated the sentiment last night.
I got to go back and talk to my team, I'm not ducking or dodging no opponent.If a Pacquiao fight presents itself, let's make it happen.
A fight against Pacquiao would be a mouth-watering clash, big enough to spark levels of interest and revenue to make even Mayweather’s mate Warren Buffett green with envy.