If Saturday night does indeed turn out to be the last fight of Floyd Mayweather’s career, the boxer went out in style. Not only did he leave his bout with Andre Berto with the best winning percentage in the sport’s history, but he also made more money than anyone that has ever stepped inside the ring.
Mayweather defeated Berto in a one-sided unanimous decision, as he was guaranteed a purse of $32 million for a night’s work. The undefeated boxer improved his career record to 49-0, watching his career earnings reach $700 million, according to Forbes. Berto made a career-high $4 million in defeat.
But Mayweather will earn more than $32 million, depending upon the final pay-per-view numbers. After he defeated Berto, Mayweather told the press that he earned more than double what he was guaranteed to make.
Mayweather claims he will make upwards of $70 million tonight. His guarantee, per the NSAC, was $32 million. Not sure about that math.
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) September 13, 2015
Even if the $70 million figure is accurate, it doesn’t come close to what Mayweather earned in his last fight. The 38-year-old flashed a $100 million check to reporters soon after he defeated Manny Pacquiao on May 2, and he ultimately earned somewhere between $220 million and $230 million for the mega-fight.
Mayweather’s fight with Pacquiao was an exception, considering it easily became the highest-grossing PPV of all time, having generated a record 4.4 million buys. But the $32-million guarantee is standard for the No.1 welterweight in the world.
Mayweather was guaranteed $32 million for each of his two fights against Marcos Maidana in 2014. He made $32 million to fight Robert Guerrero in May 2013, and he was guaranteed the same amount to fight Miguel Cotto a year earlier, making it a record at the time. Mayweather was guaranteed $41.5 million to face Canelo Alvarez in Sept. 2013, though he made even more for what became the highest- grossing PPV at the time.
Saturday’s bout ends Mayweather’s six-fight deal with Showtime, which was described as the “richest individual athlete deal in all of sports.” He was reportedly guaranteed $200 million for signing the contract, though he made much more than that over the 30-month period. Forbes listed Mayweather and Pacquiao as the two highest-paid entertainers of the last year.
Mayweather’s total net worth was estimated at around $350 million after he fought Pacquiao four months ago.