Floyd Mayweather Jr. Reportedly Made More Money for His Fight With Logan Paul Than Magic Johnson and Larry Bird Made During Their NBA Careers Combined

Floyd Mayweather Jr. isn’t called “Money” for nothing. Throughout his actual boxing career, in which he went 50-0 and won 15 major world championships across five different weight classes, Mayweather has earned somewhere in the neighborhood of a billion dollars from fighting alone, including approximately $275 million from that monstrosity of a “fight” with Conor McGregor back in 2017.

And speaking of monstrosities, Mayweather recently took part in yet another spectacle, this time facing YouTube “star” turned boxer Logan Paul in an exhibition bout in Miami. And as he does, Mayweather pulled in yet another hefty paycheck for barely breaking a sweat.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. made $10 million just for showing up to his fight with Logan Paul and says he pulled in another $30 million leading up to the bout

Floyd Mayweather punches Logan Paul in their exhibition bout in June 2021
Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul on June 6, 2021 | Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

Before Mayweather ever stepped foot into the ring with Paul, it was reported that he was guaranteed $10 million just for showing up. Paul, on the other hand, was said to have received a $250,000 flat fee. In addition, each was guaranteed to pull in a certain percentage of the pay-per-view sales, which we’ll get to in just a moment.

Just ahead of the June 6 bout, Mayweather boasted that he’d already made $30 million in the buildup to the eight-round bout. He didn’t give specific details on exactly how he got to that figure or who that $30 million specifically came from, but it’s safe to assume that money came from appearance fees and endorsements as he did later mention the patches on his trunks.

Floyd called the entire ordeal “legalized bank robbery,” and he was absolutely right as the “fight” was an absolute joke. But, as per usual, a lot of people paid a lot of money to watch it.

Unsurprisingly, the fight was a huge disappointment but still reportedly got a million buys on pay-per-view

As for the fight itself, it was more of a wrestling match than a boxing match as Paul, who had a six-inch height advantage and a 35-pound weight advantage, grabbed onto Mayweather for dear life anytime Mayweather landed a punch, which made for a sluggish and boring fight. Mayweather landed 43 of 107 (40.2%) punches, while Paul connected on just 28 of 217 (12.9%).

As this wasn’t an official fight, it wasn’t officially scored, and no official winner was declared, although the outcome was quite obvious.

It’s now being reported that the bout delivered a huge pay-per-view buyrate for Showtime and Fanmio as approximately one million people shelled out the 50 bucks to watch. That’s about 200,000 more buys than the rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder received, which is just sad. As mentioned, Mayweather and Paul received a portion of the pay-per-view sales in addition to their flat rates.

And Money, as usual, brought in quite a bit of cash.

Mayweather reportedly earned $65 million, more than Magic Johnson and Larry Bird made in the NBA…combined

At 50 bucks a pop, one million pay-per-view buys equals $50 million (I love easy math). Mayweather is reportedly receiving 50% of the PPV revenue, which means he pockets another $25 million. Add that to his $10 million flat fee and the $30 million he claimed he received for the buildup and you get $65 million. As most outlets were reporting he would make somewhere between $50 million and $100 million, this actually seems about right.

To put that in perspective, for 24 minutes of “work” against Logan Paul, Mayweather earned more than Magic Johnson and Larry Bird did during their NBA careers combined — at least on the court anyway. Magic made just over $39 million during his playing career with the Los Angeles Lakers, while Bird earned just over $24 million in 13 seasons with the Boston Celtics. That’s $63 million for those counting at home.

As for Logan Paul, he reportedly earned 10% of the PPV revenue, which pocketed him an additional five million. And to put that in perspective, that’s more money than Michael Jordan earned in four of his six title-winning NBA seasons.

NBA contract info courtesy of Spotrac

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