Floyd Mayweather Says He Can Get $1 Billion UFC Deal, No Pacquiao Talks
When we last saw Floyd Mayweather Jr., he was sitting ringside for the Manny Pacquiao vs Adrien Broner fight. During the PPV bout, Mayweather was asked whether or not he would fight Manny Pacquiao in the near future. Like in his career, Floyd ducked the questions. However, maybe his ducking during the interview was due to other fight plans instead.
Recently, the undefeated and retired boxer appeared on Kevin Hart’s entertaining web series “Cold As Balls,” which can be found on the Laugh Out Loud Network. The famous comedian asked Mayweather on the possibility of Floyd stepping inside the octagon to fight guys like Conor McGregor or Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The majority of fans and pundits know that this will never happen. But, Floyd being the expert marketer that he is, fired off a response that lit up social media and the majority of mainstream sports outlets:
“Anything is possible. I can go get a deal right now from the UFC. Probably a three-fight, four-fight, five-fight, billion-dollar deal if that’s what I wanted.”
That’s an astronomical figure, but one that might actually be doable in Mayweather’s case.
Could Floyd Really Earn $1 Billion?
If Floyd does a 5-fight deal, he could secure a contract that gives him percentages of the PPV buys and other revenue sources. That would be on top of whatever the UFC pays him per fight. Keep in mind, Floyd is the #1 PPV draw in all of fight sports. His boxing matches against Conor McGregor and Manny Pacquiao have set all-time records for PPV buys and money earned.
In just Floyd’s fight against Conor McGregor, he earned $275 million dollars. He also earned close to that in his fight against Manny Pacquiao. That’s a total of nearly a $500 million in just two fights. Can you imagine how much money the UFC and Floyd would make if they had a McGregor vs Mayweather rematch inside the octagon?
When you start thinking about this claim, and looking at Floyd’s numbers, it’s not that far-fetched. The only question would be whether or not the UFC would ever give such an astronomical deal to a fighter. On the flip side, Mayweather isn’t your average fighter. He would bring in the boxing crowd, his followers and his haters, which is more than what any UFC PPV event has ever done before.
Although $1 billion is an extremely high number, it is doable, but not probable.
Mayweather is the master of his legacy. It’s why he opted out of his contract with Top Rank and got into the fight promotion game. He wants to control his own destiny and maximize his worth. As maddening as he makes his critics, like myself, you can’t fault Mayweather for this. In fact, you have to give the man his due credit in this area. Nobody has ever accomplished what he has. Conor McGregor has risen through the UFC to become the MMA’s top PPV draw. But, one could argue that McGregor has followed the Mayweather marketing plan.
Because Mayweather is obsessed with his brand, there’s no way he would ever risk his legacy inside the octagon where he would get beat badly by any legitimate MMA fighter.
What About a Pacquiao Rematch?
This question continues to be asked on a weekly basis. Part of the problem was that Floyd hyped up the rematch last fall when he came face to face with Pacquiao at a music festival in Tokyo. Unfortunately, since then, it’s been one excuse after another. The excuses and backtracking got so bad that Floyd even went over to Japan and beat up a kid kickboxer in what they called an “exhibition.” Most pundits and fans call it a “robbery” as Floyd earned $9 million for beating up a kid half his size.
Despite Floyd’s unwillingness to fight Pacquiao in a rematch, boxing betting sites are still listing odds on whether or not these two will fight and what the outcome will be. According to Mybookie, Floyd winning via decision is the odds on favorite at -135. From there, Pacquiao winning via decision is 2nd at +400 odds.
Outside of moneylines, the best prop bet to wager on for a potential rematch is whether or not the fight will go the distance:
- Yes it will (-260)
- No it won’t (+200)
Their first fight in 2015 went the distance, as does most of Floyd’s fights. So, there’s a high probability that a second would also go the distance. Unfortunately, until Floyd decides on a rematch, we can only speculate on the outcome.
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