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 $1 billion from fighting alone, including approximately $275 million from that monstrosity of a “fight” with Conor McGregor back in 2017.

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

Floyd Mayweather Jr. made $10 million just for showing up to fight Logan Paul

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Jake Paul staring each other down before the Logan Paul vs Mayweather fight in Miami, Florida
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Jake Paul | EVA MARIE UZCATEGUI/AFP via Getty Images

Before Floyd Mayweather ever stepped foot into the ring with Logan Paul, it was reported that he was guaranteed $10 million just for showing up. On the other hand, Paul was said to have received a $250,000 flat fee. Additionally, each fighter 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 6th 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 came from. Still, it’s safe to assume that money came from appearance fees and endorsements as he did later mention the patches on his trunks.

The former champ went on to call the entire ordeal “legalized bank robbery.” Many agree that he was absolutely right, seeing the fight as an absolute joke. Still, as expected, millions of viewers paid a lot of money to watch it.

The exhibition fight got over 1 million buys on pay-per-view

As for the fight itself, it was more of a wrestling match than a boxing match as Logan Paul, who had a six-inch height advantage and a 35-pound weight advantage, grabbed onto Floyd Mayweather Jr. 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 scored, and no official winner was declared, although the outcome was quite obvious.

According to Mirror, the bout delivered a huge pay-per-view buyrate for Showtime and Fanmio as approximately 1 million people shelled out the $50 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. So, as usual, Floyd “Money” Mayweather 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 a pop, 1 million pay-per-view buys equals $50 million. Floyd Mayweather reportedly received 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 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, according to Spotrac. Magic Johnson made just over $39 million during his playing career with the Los Angeles Lakers, while Larry 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 5 million. To put that in perspective, that’s more money than Michael Jordan earned in four of his six title-winning NBA seasons.

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