Floyd Mayweather doesn’t have the nickname of “Money” for no reason. Throughout Mayweather’s career so far, he’s made over $1 billion, mostly from the money he gets from fighting in pay-per-view events. Here’s a look at Mayweather’s career and all the big money fights that he’s had.
Floyd Mayweather’s record-breaking fights
According to Business Insider, in regard to the pay-per-view record for every sport that does pay-per-views, Mayweather is in four of the top five highest-grossing pay-per-view events, ever.
Mayweather was in the fourth and fifth highest-grossing fights as well as the first and second highest-grossing fights. The only fight in the top five that didn’t have Mayweather in the picture was UFC 229, which came in at third place. This was the event where Khabib Nurmagomedov choked out Conor McGregor.
The fifth highest-grossing fight was in 2013 when Mayweather fought the then-undefeated boxing star, Canelo Alvarez. This fight had 2.2 million pay-per-view buys and made $150 million.
The fourth highest-grossing fight was back in 2007, when Mayweather fought Oscar De La Hoya. This fight had 2.4 million pay-per-view buys and made $136 million. This seems like less than what his fight against Alvarez made, but due to inflation, it’s actually slightly more.
The second highest-grossing fight ever was Mayweather’s fight against McGregor. This fight had 4.3 million pay-per-view buys and made $370 million. And of course, the highest-grossing fight ever was Mayweather’s fight against Manny Pacquiao. That fight had 4.6 million pay-per-view buys and made $400 million.
From these four fights alone, Mayweather has helped generate over $1 billion in pay-per-view revenue. But, these weren’t the only pay-per-view fights that he’s had. The smaller fights that he had also made him millions and helped him become the best-paid athlete, ever.
Other money matches
While professional boxing is where Floyd Mayweather has broken records and has made most of his money, he hasn’t been shy about doing cross-promotions if the price was right.
For example, the WWE is another sport that uses the pay-per-view model, and Mayweather, back in 2008, participated in a WWE storyline that ended up with a co-main event match during that year’s WrestleMania event.
Mayweather, despite being half the size of Big Show, “fought” and beat Big Show in their match. While he wasn’t the main event, his co-main event billing helped market the event. At the end of the day, Business Insider said that this event had over 1 million pay-per-view buys.
Then, in 2018, he had a non-professional boxing fight with a Japanese kickboxing star, Tenshin Nasukawa. This was technically an exhibition boxing match, so it didn’t go on his professional record.
It’s not known how well this event sold, but Mayweather headlined it and he made $9 million for knocking out Nasukawa in two minutes.
How much does Floyd Mayweather matter in these fights?
While it’s undisputed that Mayweather is the king of pay-per-view, some of his fights don’t actually sell well. That’s because, despite being Mayweather, boxing fans don’t want to pay money to watch him beat a nobody.
For example, a few months after he beat Pacquiao and broke records, Mayweather fought Andre Berto. This fight only had 400,000 pay-per-view sales and it only made $28 million. That’s a lot of money for most boxers, but for Mayweather, it was his worst-selling pay-per-view in almost a decade.
So, while a Mayweather fight is guaranteed to make a lot of money, his opponents matter as well. That’s why it’s unlikely Mayweather will get back into the ring if his opponent isn’t a big name like McGregor, Nurmagomedov, or Pacquiao.