Fifty is a nice round number, but it cannot compare to the nine figures on the check Floyd Mayweather Jr collected after beating Manny Pacquiao, Saturday night.
“For my team to hand me a $100 million check is remarkable,” said Mayweather, whose take from the long-awaited mega-fight with Pacquiao could eventually swell to as high as $200 million once all the record-breaking revenue is counted.
The man who has named himself “Money” said the payout was all part of a “brilliant game plan” for his career.
“My goal was to make nine figures in one night,” he said.
The 38-year-old American, an 11-time world champion in five weight divisions, would have you believe that aim has been the driving force of a 19-year career, in which he’s now won all 48 of his fights.
Even as the clash with Pacquiao loomed, sparking massive global interest, Mayweather was saying he was on his way out, with just one more bout to come once he’d finally crossed Pacquiao off his to-do list.
“Everyone’s been saying for years that I was scared and I would lose,” Mayweather said of five-years of finger-pointing as he and Pacquiao failed to get together.
The passion’s fading, Mayweather says, and only a desire to keep his word and fulfill his six-fight Showtime contract will see him fight again in September.
But a win in that fight would take his record to 49-0, matching the iconic mark of Rocky Marciano.
Could he then really resist going for a 50th victory?
“My last fight is in September, and then it’s time for me to hang it up,” the 38-year-old said.
“I’m almost 40 years old now. I’ve been in this sport for 19 years and have been a champion for 18 years. I’m truly blessed.”
Mayweather said his last fight might not even be a world title contest.
He plans to relinquish his World Boxing Association, World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization titles, maybe as early as next week.
“My last fight may not be a championship fight,” he said. “I might give up all my belts.”
“Why? Give other fighters a chance. I’m not greedy.”