Floyd Mayweather Jr. has fought 45 fights, losing none. Of those 45 bouts, he has won 26 via knockout, he is by all accounts an accomplished fighter. He has done quite well in these fights and has accumulated an estimated net worth of $172 million. However, what happens to those whom he beats? What do they earn, what happens to their career following their defeat, is it losing against Mayweather worth it?
Floyd Mayweather’s last three fights have been against Miguel Cotto, Robert Guerrero and Saul Alvarez. All of his previous fights went the full 12 rounds, with Mayweather winning them all on a points decision. His most recent fight against Alvarez was a box office hit, and Mayweather pocketed $41.5 million before even throwing a punch. His total takings for the match would have been much higher as there are pay-pre-view sales to take into account. The fight took place in Las Vegas in front of a sell out crowd of almost 17,000 people. It was the highest grossing pay-per-view fight ever. Broadcast in 40 countries, it generated $150 million in revenue from 2.2 million pay-per-views. The previously undefeated Alvarez was, according to boxing pundits, totally outclassed in all 12 rounds. From the fight, he earned around $5 million, a good sum of money, but nothing compared to Mayweather’s earnings.
Before Alvarez, Mayweather took on fellow countryman, Robert Guerrero. Mayweather had a guaranteed $32 million for this fight, his record before the Alvarez fight. In comparison, Guerrero was guaranteed $3 million. Broadcast in 27 countries, this fight got almost 900 thousand pay-per-views and was fought in front of a crowd of 15,880 people. Guerrero is set to fight the winner of the Maidana-Broner fight next, the latter being a three-time world champion and the former losing three fights, but only on decisions.
Mayweather’s 3rd previous fight was against Miguel Cotto. It took place again on Mayweather’s home turf in Las Vegas. It was the usual 12 rounds point decision victory for Floyd, with Cotto losing his WBA Super Light Middleweight title, following two successful defenses of it in his previous two bouts. It was another sell out crowd and a PPV success with 1.5 million pay-per-viewers. Mayweather also enjoyed another fantastic financial success, netting $45 million from the fight. Cotto gained $8 million from the fight. Cotto lost his next fight after Mayweather as well, losing out on the WBA Light Middleweight Title. He found victory in his last fight however against Dominican, Delvin Rodriguez. With seven losses and three draws, however, Rodriguez isn’t a top class fighter.
So it seems there’s a lot of money to be made in fighting Mayweather, but it seems the career of the boxer who loses to him never really picks up the same amount of steam again.
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