After the smash hit Money Fight, Floyd Mayweather Jr. stands to be the third athlete in history to enter the billionaire’s club. Conor McGregor didn’t do too badly either –according to analysts and the Chief Executive Officer of Mayweather Promotions, both fighters took home a tidy sum for the record-breaking bout on Saturday.
Estimated Revenues Stand at US$700 Million
On Friday, it was revealed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that Mayweather would be looking at earnings of a minimum of US$100 million, and that his fighting partner could confidently expect almost ten times more than his top earning UFC fight: US$30 million. But, thanks to the certain surge in pay-per-view sales at the last minute coupled with the strong ticket sales, the amount of money that the two fighters will actually be taking home is probably going to dwarf those estimations.
Experts have estimated that the total revenue for Saturday’s fight will reach as much as US$700 million. Although the Mayweather/McGregor contract has a confidentiality agreement in place that makes the exact split a secret, the NSAC’s figures have confirmed that Mayweather will receive the higher percentage, likely in the region of a 75/25 or 70/30 split.
Mayweather Bows Out, McGregor Weighs In
While Floyd Mayweather has once again confirmed that this will have been his last fight, Conor McGregor’s horizons have expanded.
The two fighters have earned enormous sums of money for their appearance on Saturday, and sports betting NZ boxing enjoyed an excellent night as well. UFC officials, however, are looking forward to getting back into the business of the MMA full-time now. The unique pairing of these two athletes appears to be a once-off event, for now, and there is no rematch in the cards. The two athletes look likely to head back to tending their individual fan bases and own interests outside of the fighting ring.
McGregor, however, stated that he was well aware of the fact that he now had options, and that he would wait to see which way he was heading in the future. Although he would make no guarantees, he stated that anything was possible, and that he would not take anything off the table at the moment.
McGregor Impressed Boxing Pundits in His Debut Fight
While Mixed Martial Arts is clearly his strong suit, Saturday night’s fight proved that McGregor can hold his own in the boxing ring as well, and the fact that he managed to land punches on one of the best defensive boxers in history goes a long way. Additionally, he absorbed strong shorts, and his fight was at all times respectful, with the only issue he faced being the fatigue he began battling in the later rounds. McGregor certainly earned the respect of sceptics, and has undoubtedly performed well enough to elicit more invitations to the boxing ring. Many McGregor fans may have been a bit upset that there was no massive upset, but going 10 rounds with a 49 times champ is no small feat.
McGregor certainly is well aware that his odds will be better in the octagon, but the fact that the UFC paycheques have a ceiling will no doubt play a role in his future movements as well. He earned a minimum of US$100 million for ten rounds in a boxing ring on Saturday, and no UFC fight could possibly put this much money in his pocket.