Floyd Mayweather Jr. guaranteed at least $32M for May 3 fight vs. Marcos Maidana
Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KOs) is guaranteed to earn at least $32 million from his welterweight unification fight on Saturday vs. Argentina's Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, according to numbers released Wednesday by the Nevada State Athletic Commission cited in a report from Dan Rafael of ESPN.com.
Mayweather's two fights in 2013 -- dominant decision wins for him -- earned the boxer a total of $73.5 million; he received $32 million from his fight against Robert Guerrero a year ago in May and another $41.5 million earned from his fight last September vs. Canelo Alvarez.
Leonard Ellerbe, a close friend of the 37-year-old Mayweather and chief executive of Mayweather Promotions, said his purse earnings are a "testament to what he brings to sports," according to the report Thursday:
"It's just a testament to what he brings to sports, not just boxing. He's a terrific entertainer and he is the reason why this arena will be packed and why there will be a million-plus (buys on pay-per-view) -- because it's all about the Mayweather experience."
With all his earnings, perhaps Mayweather can move forward with his bid for the Los Angeles Clippers.