Mayweather lives the life with $41 million payday


Boxer Floyd Mayweather speaks during a press conference in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. Mayweather is scheduled to fight on Saturday against Carnelo Alvarez, for Mayweather’s WBA Super World and Alvarez’s WBC junior middleweight titles. AP

LAS VEGAS — By now, most people who care know as much about Floyd Mayweather Jr. as they’ll ever need to know, thanks to the reality TV shows he stars in for every big fight.

There’s the fleet of exotic cars in three different cities, and the mansion where Mayweather and his entourage hang out. Rappers and other boxers drop in occasionally, and on payday Mayweather hands out stacks of $100 bills to the considerable number of people in his employ.

It’s big, flashy, and about as real as reality TV gets. But as Mayweather prepares for Saturday night’s fight against undefeated Mexican star Canelo Alvarez, we’ve learned even more.

So here’s a few tidbits about Mayweather you may not have known:

– He likes cheeseburgers. At 3 in the morning on the Las Vegas Strip, he and the posse can often be found throwing a few down at Fatburger.

– He gets sad sometimes watching kids box in his gym when his sons have no interest in the sport. “Does that hurt me?” he asks. “Absolutely.”

– He can lose at the sports book. Mayweather loves to post pictures on Twitter with six-figure wins on his bets, but acknowledged this week he lost a big bet Monday night on the Houston Texans.

– He can name every car on duPont Registry, his favorite online shopping site. He owns many of them, almost all in white and in fleets at homes in Las Vegas, Miami and Los Angeles.

– He spends big money, sometimes as much as $200,000, for handbags for his female friends. Then he buys them something called Baginizers to make sure everything inside is organized.

– He’s in business with a Chinese company that manufactures his The Money Team apparel. His business partner is named China Mike “because

everybody’s got to have a nickname.”

Mayweather has a nickname, too, though it’s different than the one he had when he first started boxing professionally 17 years ago. He was Pretty Boy Floyd then, before America discovered him as the villain they would pay to watch and before he had the cars and the mansion on a golf course.

He’s Money May now, and he’s the highest paid athlete in the country. On Saturday night he’ll make at least $41 million to fight Alvarez, bringing his take for the year in two fights to a whopping $73 million.

That’s a lot of cheeseburgers, and a lot of handbags. But Mayweather earns it because he has delivered wins in all 44 of his fights. People who don’t like him will pay to see if he’ll lose, and his fans will reach into their pockets to cheer him on for another win.

The pay-per-view will cost a record $75 this time, leading promoters to boast that this could be the richest fight ever, surpassing the 2007 bout between Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya. That may or may not happen, but the idea that Alvarez might be the one fighter with the stuff to finally beat Mayweather has made this one of the most anticipated fights in years.

Mayweather was a less-than-fashionable 37 minutes late to the final prefight press conference Wednesday at the MGM Grand hotel casino, not that it mattered. It was such a low-key affair that even those on the dais seemed to want to be somewhere else.

“I’ve been here before. I know what it takes,” Mayweather said. “I was born to be here, born to be at this level.”

Oddsmakers make Mayweather a 2 1/2-1 favorite against Alvarez, the 23-year-old redhead who is Mexico’s biggest sporting hero. He’s undefeated in 42 fights, but the level of his competition is nowhere near that of Mayweather and he will be fighting at a catch weight of 152 pounds, 2 pounds below the 154-pound mark where he holds his title belts.

“I’ve studied a lot of his fights,” Alvarez said. “I’m not just ready, I’m ready to win.”

Mayweather’s whopping guarantee is made possible by pay-per-view sales, and ringside seats that sell for $2,000. Still, promoters say they hope to get near the 2 million mark from pay TV, helped largely by the Hispanic market backing Alvarez.

In the end, though, it is Mayweather who is the star of this fight, just as he has been for almost every fight of his career.

“I feel like I’m the last of my breed,” Mayweather said. “I earned it the hard way.”

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  • Tanong mo sa hotdog ni Aljur!

    Both Pacquiao and Mayweather is a moron with a lot of money. But, Mayweather is a much wiser thank Pacquiao, as he only focuses himself in his boxing career, and a little bit of business. But Pacquiao take the career of Politics, acting and even singing that is not good for him. That’s why, in terms of level of professional boxing, Mayweather wins.

    • Antonio

      yeah but thats because Pacquiao won everything already and has no interest in boxing anymore, in the land of fantasy (Philippines) Pacquiao finds more interesting being a congressman, pastor, actor, etc and soon president… its an exciting life only here, after all “Its more fun in the Philippines” really.


    ilabas na ang mga links para mka panuod ulit ng libre.. at ng hindi pagkakitaan masyado ang laban ni Gayweather..hehe

  • alfred sanchez

    many are bitter to mayweather success, a true ENTERTAINER i should say, on the other hand, pacquiao fans cannot accept that this is all just about money

    • F1967Inis

      Don’t be hypocrite. You enjoyed watching pacquiao fights than mayweather fights.

      • alfred sanchez

        yea but i bet you enjoy mayweather rants than pacquio boring remarks, admit it

  • RyanE

    In fairness to Mayweather, he remains true to his calling, boxing, and he remains one of the greatest in that sport. Our very own Manny Pacquiao could have been on the same track has he not detoured to politics, acting, hosting, preaching and what have you.

  • klepto

    Mayweather is becoming a sportsman turned businessman, while Pacquiao has turned into a co ck suc ker.

    • shark_ga

      I wouldn’t say that about Pacquiao. Although Pacquiao has been unbelievably stupid with his money.

  • ed_dAVAO

    Not worth seeing. Every fight Mayweather has, all but set up. He will win, that’s an order to the opponent.

    • F1967Inis

      Agree. I’m not gonna waste my money to see a chicken.
      Filipinos should boycott all his fight.

    • Lemuel Vargas

      Think you have a point there, ed_dAVAO. just like the Guerrero fight. But we will see, we will see..

      And am praying that he lose this fight in order for the fight that everybody wants to see happen (you know what that means.). because as long as he has that golden zero, that fight ain’t gonna happen.

  • Bentot

    Just a moron with lots of money.

    • shark_ga

      Yeah. Just like Pacquiao. But at least Pacquiao is our moron, right?

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