American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. claims he will have made a stunning $70 million for 36 minutes of work in his fight against Argentine brawler Marcos Maidana once the pay-per-view numbers are taken into account.
Mayweather, the highest-paid athlete in the world, was guaranteed $32 million before the bout, which saw him extend his unbeaten record to 46 fights after taking a majority decision win.
On his social media accounts, Mayweather told his fans that he will take home considerably more than that, saying: “$32M for 36 minutes. I'm waiting for the PPV numbers to come in so I can make another $38M on the back-end. Making it a grand total of $70M.”
He also posted an infographic on his Instagram account where he broke down the numbers, and revealed that he made $14,815 per second during the 12-round encounter, or $888,889 per minute. He also earned $144,796 per punch.
The $70-million take is not even the highest paycheck of Mayweather’s career, as the American superstar earned over $80 million for his fight against Mexican prodigy Saul “Canelo” Alvarez last year. The Mayweather-Alvarez bout had set a record for the highest PPV revenue in the history of the sport.
But a senior editor at Forbes said Mayweather’s $70-million claim is simply “wishful thinking” on the part of the champion, as the PPV buys for the Maidana fight are unlikely to match the numbers for the Alvarez fight.
Kurt Badenhausen claimed that according to multiple sources, the Mayweather-Maidana fight is likely to reach around one million buys, which would be similar to Mayweather’s one-sided beatdown of Robert Guerrero in April 2014.
“One million PPV buys for Mayweather-Maidana would generate roughly $70-M in gross revenue,” said Badenhausen, and the cable carriers will take about 50% of that money, with the network Showtime also getting a “small cut.”
Badenhausen said that leaves “around $34-M for the fighters and promoters on one billion buys.”
He noted that there are “other revenue streams,” including the live gate, closed-circuit, foreign rights and sponsorships, but these are “not nearly enough to drive Mayweather’s paycheck to $70-M.”
“Mayweather also received his $32-M guarantee for Saturday’s fight, and is likely to see some upside from the PPV revenue,” Badenhausen said. “But the total payout will not be anywhere close to $70-M.”
“Money Mayweather always gets paid. Just not as much as he hopes for this time,” he added.