For the 46th time 46 career fights, Floyd Mayweather, 37, came into the post-fight news conference a winner. And this time it was also as the world champ carrying the WBA and WBC welterweight title.
But it was not easy, a close, majority decision, much to the displeasure of the sellout crowd of 16,268, a partisan Marcos Maidana crowd that booed vociferously when the result was announced. Judge Michael Pernick scored it 114-114, a draw. Burt Clements had it 117-111 and Dave Moretti scored it 116-112 for Mayweather.
Mayweather and Maidana arrived together at their post-fight press conference Saturday night, about an hour after Mayweather had won a hard-fought majority decision in a much tougher fight than most expected.
The press conference began well, with Mayweather, sporting a cut over his right eye and a welt over his left, congratulating Maidana on a great fight. “You’re a great fighter and very tough competitor,” Mayweather told Maidana, who hails from Argentina. “Congratulations on the new baby. She’s beautiful.
Things went downhill from there. Maidana went on to say, “give me a (bleeping) rematch.”
Mayweather, standing at the podium while Maidana sat to the side, replied: “We can take it back down there right now if you want. Put the ring back up. … It’s not a problem. If he feels he won, we can do it again in September.”
September is when Mayweather is scheduled to fight again as part of a deal with Showtime.
The Maidana fight marked the third bout in the six-fight, blockbuster contract Mayweather signed with Showtime in February 2013 that has been dubbed the richest contract in the history of sports. Mayweather earned around $115 million under the first two fights of the pact and Saturday he was guaranteed an additional $32 million, plus upside on the PPV revenue.
Mayweather posted an infographic on Instagram on his Maidana earnings that was very similar to a 2013 Forbes infographic on the pound-for-pound champ. Mayweather boasts in the Instagram post: “I’m waiting for the PPV numbers to come in so I can make another $38,000,000.00 on the back-end… making it a grand total of $70,000,000.00.”
Mayweather is the highest-paid athlete in the world right now and has created an economic model in boxing where almost all of the net revenue for his fights flows to him. His career earnings have reached $400 million, but there is almost no chance that he will clear $70 million for the Maidana fight unless the pay-per-view figures completely blow away everyone’s expectations. Showtime doesn’t plan to release any PPV figures until next week, according to a spokesman.
Mayweather already received his $32 million guarantee for Saturday’s fight and is likely to see some upside from the PPV revenue, but the total payout will not be anywhere close to $70 million. Money Mayweather always gets paid. Just not as much as he hopes for this time.