Money Meets Legacy

Money Mayweather’s Legacy on the Line vs Guerrero 

I got respect for Sugar Ray Robinson. I got respect for Muhammad Ali, but I’m a man just like them and put on my pants just like they put on their pants. What makes them any better than me?Floyd Mayweather.

“It speaks to his popularity. He generates that money. Love him or hate him, they watch him. I’m very happy for him. He deserves it.” Richard Schaefer.

“Oh, definitely the southpaw side gives him trouble. If DeMarcus Corley and Zab Judah didn’t get tired, they were winning that fight and I believe that. I’m ready for this. I’ve had the right fights. I was built the right way. I’ve had the right experience. I’ve been there with a bunch of different styles. I’ve been in there with lefties, a lot of them; I’ve been in with a bunch of different power punchers, prowlers, boxers, sharp guys. But as I say, what I’ve been through, God’s prepped me up for this and here it is.” Robert Guerrero.

Floyd Mayweather was a Pay-Per-View phenomenon for HBO with his 9 PPV bouts doing $540 million in revenue on 9.6 million buys for that network. He participated in the three biggest non-heavyweight PPV events in all of boxing history. Floyd was the highest-paid athlete in the world last year with earnings of $85 million. Mayweather’s allure as a marquee attraction convinced Showtime to sign the 36-year-old to a 6 fight deal in February that is expected to pay anything up to & beyond $200 million.

Mayweather will make $32 million guaranteed for Saturday’s fight and Guerrero is set to earn $3 million. Money will make millions more based on the size of the PPV audience. Floyd will keep 90% of the profits from the entire event, so says Richard Schaefer.

Golden Boy Promotions, which is promoting the fight with Mayweather Promotions, has Corona helping promote the fight with displays in over 2,000 locations.  O’Reilly Auto Parts offered coupons for the PPV event at its 3,800 locations. NCM Fathom Events are showing the fight in around 400 movie theaters.

Money talks but on Saturday night we’ll find out if historical greatness will match the historically significant amounts of money the boxing community has spent on luring such a talent back into the ring once more.

Matt Hamilton, for ESNewsReporting!