I’m not sure any athlete in the world has ever sat in a better position than Floyd Mayweather sits right now. He’s 41, which is usually well past the retirement age of most athletes in his sport, yet he’s still boxing, he’s still undefeated and according to Forbes he’s currently the highest paid athlete in the world. Mayweather grossed $275 million for his fight against UFC Champion Conor McGregor and has made $10 million in endorsements this year.
Mayweather dominated this fight, stopping an exhausted McGregor in the 10th round, which brought his record to an astonishing 50-0. Ordinarily, I would say at 41 years old, a boxer who’s 50-0 should think about proudly riding off into the sunset. However, Floyd Mayweather has found the boxing equivalent of the fountain of youth. I mentioned earlier that his last fight was the highest grossing fight of his career and it wasn’t even against a boxer! McGregor was the best standup fighter the UFC had to offer and Mayweather barely broke a sweat. He was about as threatening as a gym pro thrown in the ring to help Mayweather work on his conditioning. Say what you will about Floyd Mayweather, but he is a GENIUS!
The UFC has finally reached a level where an amazing mixed martial artist with a magnetic personality and poetic style of trash talk, can blow up to be a social media monster. Conor McGregor, in my opinion, is the first mixed martial artist to become bigger than the sport and that’s a great thing for the UFC. There is an argument that Brock Lesnar came first and he was bigger than the UFC. This is true but that’s the because Brock came from the WWE which is bigger than everything. Conor came in a nobody.
So, what’s good for the UFC is good for the fighters, right? The bigger the sport gets, the more fighters make, right? Well, not necessarily. The UFC model has always been one that only rewards fighters at the very top of the sport. But even the top fighters aren’t getting crazy rich. McGregor was paid $3 million for fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov for the Lightweight Championship and Khabib was paid $2 million. If you think someone of McGregor’s fame deserves more than $3 million a fight, you’re not alone.
I agree with you, but more importantly, Conor McGregor agrees with you which brings us back to Floyd Mayweather being a genius. Mayweather and his people made a deal with McGregor which guaranteed him $30 million (and rumored to have grossed $100 million) to box Mayweather. We all know how that ended. Mayweather embarrassed McGregor and finished him early with very little effort. This is not a slam on McGregor. On the street, McGregor kills Mayweather. In a MMA fight, McGregor kills Mayweather. But MMA is not boxing and Mayweather is one of the greatest boxers to ever live. He’s been boxing since he could walk. To become a boxer of Floyd Mayweather’s caliber takes a lifetime. I don’t care how well or hard you train, no MMA fighter on the planet is going to get there in 8 months.
But the good thing for everyone involved is, this doesn’t matter. Most MMA fans hate boxers and most boxing fans hate MMA fighters; so when the two fan bases came together to watch what would happen if the best UFC fighter fought the best boxer, it produced monster Pay-per-view numbers.
As we waited patiently to see if there would be a rematch, McGregor returned to the UFC and loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov, handedly, which put a bit of a damper on Mayweather vs. McGregor 2. So, what did Mayweather do? He publicly offered up a fight against Khabib. Keep in mind that Khabib is a grappler and beat Conor in the same way he beats everyone, by grappling. Khabib is no where near the standup fighter that McGregor is. Even with this being the case, Mayweather claims his fight with Khabib will gross even more than his fight with McGregor. And at this point, who would doubt him?
Floyd Mayweather has indeed found the fountain of youth. At what should be the tail end of his boxing career, he finds a way to extend his career another 10 years and make more money than ever. Boxing guys that aren’t boxers! Did I mention yet that he’s a genius?