The cheque was for $100 million, a payday so mind boggling that Floyd Mayweather Jr. could not help but show it to a few reporters when the night was done.
“No pictures, though,” Mayweather said, sliding the check out of an envelope. “Don’t want any pictures of it.”
The cheque will soon be cashed, adding to the millions Mayweather already has stashed in his bank accounts. It was actually just a down payment for his night’s work, which could total more than $200 million by the time pay-per-view sales are tallied up.
The richest fight ever was not the best fight ever, but that was not entirely Mayweather’s fault. He did what he usually does Saturday night against Manny Pacquiao in a win that cemented his legacy as the best of his generation, even if he did not win any new fans doing it.
Still, the fight will be a tough act to follow if only because of the staggering money it brought in. Hard to imagine Mayweather fighting for a paltry $30 million or $40 million after a night he made history with the richest single payday any athlete of any sport has made.
He says he’ll fight once more in September, then hang up the gloves. Mayweather says it’s time to enjoy the fruits of his labour from a sport that has consumed his life since he was a kid throwing punches in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“I don’t really think I’ll miss the sport,” Mayweather said. “I don’t even watch boxing. At one particular time I loved the sport of boxing. I wanted to go to every fight and wanted to be at every boxing event. But I just lost the love for the sport.”
Before a well-heeled crowd of 16,507 that cheered every time Pacquiao threw a punch, Mayweather dominated late once again to pull out a decision win that seemed closer in the ring than it did on the scorecards. Pacquiao even thought he won, though punch stats showed Mayweather landing far more punches and even throwing more than the usually frenetic Filipino.
Pacquiao likely made $100 million himself for the fight that packed the MGM Grand arena with celebrities, sports stars and people paying as much as $40,000 for ringside seats. The bout was delayed for about a half hour because pay-per-view sales were overwhelming cable and satellite systems, a good omen for the paydays of both fighters.
But while Pacquiao was the crowd favourite, Mayweather was the masterful boxer. He may not have ended the career of the remarkable career of the Filipino who once sold doughnuts on the streets to survive, but it’s doubtful Pacquiao can continue as a big pay-per-view much longer.
Meanwhile, Twitter poked fun at Floyd Mayweather’s display against Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night with a host of memes and virals.
Many fans believe Mayweather was rather defensive in the bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with some jokingly comparing the American to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
A number of amusing memes and tweets flooded in following the fight with some suggesting Mayweather prefers hugs than punches.
Other virals depicted Mayweather as a dancer alongside American singer Bruno Mars while another compared him with pop star Ariana Grande.
Despite the ridicule on social media, Mayweather came out on top against Pacquiao, taking the unanimous decision with the judges scoring the fight 118-110, 116-112, 116-112.