For a number of years now, combat sports have been somewhat plagued by the ugly head of ‘money fighting’ with it being mostly notorious in the lights of the UFC where big names remained inactive for longer periods of time until the big payday landed at their feet. Boxing has always been a sport of huge money though, the big PPV and betting action as even newer sites like this 4njbets review have brought in big numbers and big pay days for the fighters but has once again recently come into the light with big names fighting social influence stars from the likes of YouTube. Although somewhat unverifiable, Floyd Mayweather’s recent fight with YouTuber Logan Paul reportedly brought in a figure of $100 million, but what have been some of the other biggest money fights in the sport; and spoiler, they all have one thing in common.
Mayweather v Pacquiao, 2015 – Dubbed as one of the biggest boxing fights in history, it was almost certainly fan service at the time it took place – many were hoping it would happen much earlier with Pacquiao having aged past his prime at the time of the fight, and although still an explosive fighter perhaps a little more cautious than he may have been in his younger years. Floyd put on the defensive masterclass that he is known for, and the fight went as many expected – but having pulled in huge numbers with reports ranging from six-hundred to eight-hundred million, and a pay-day of nearly two-hundred million for the winner and one-hundred-sixty million for the loser, it was quite the payday for the seasoned vets.
Mayweather v McGregor – When it was announced that a retired 40-year-old boxer would be fighting an inactive two-weight MMA star, it had turned into a bit of a circus of whether or not it would happen and if it did what the inevitable outcome would be. And it was pretty much that, the lead up to the fight with the world tour was a circus but it did what it needed to in order to sell more tickets, and the fight went exactly the way fans knew it would with McGregor posing little threat and Mayweather fighting in a way he hadn’t ever really been known for by pushing forward and being aggressive. The money is what made the fight though, with Mayweather’s guaranteed disclosed paycheck being $100 million, and McGregor’s guaranteed being $30 million, it has been suspected that the final purse was in fact much higher with Mayweather’s final cut estimated closer to $300 million and McGregor’s estimated closer to $130 million – not a bad payday for a retired champ and an MMA star fighting in an organisation known for not paying its fighters too well.