Mayweather vs Paul: Real Money for Unreal Fight

The exhibition boxing match between the legendary Floyd Mayweather and the popular blogger Logan Paul, held in June 2021 under the rules that did not provide for a refereeing decision, went the whole distance without determining the winner.

Mayweather last stepped into the ring in December 2018, when he knocked out Tenshin Nasukawa of Japan in the first round in an exhibition fight. Logan Paul had only one fight under pro boxing rules: in November 2019, he lost by split decision to rapper KSI. Floyd was lighter than his opponent by as much as 15 kilograms and a head shorter.

As a result, the exhibition boxing match ended the way it was supposed to end according to its definition – Mayweather did not strain to teach his opponent a boxing lesson, and the popular blogger went eight rounds with the living legend, not only getting a solid fee, but also increasing his shares in the media space.

That was not a real fight. But the money earned from it was more than real. It was a Pay Per View fight with a $49.99 cost. Even before the fight, Mayweather was guaranteed to earn $10 million. In addition, he would definitely get 50 percent of the sales of pay-per-view for the fight. As for Paul, his guaranteed fee was $250,000. In addition, he would get 10% of pay-per-view sales.

It was reported, that if Mayweather won, he would get $100 million net, and Paul would get $20 million. Most often, in case of a draw, each boxer would get 50% of his possible winnings.

According to the official data, the number of pay-per-view buys was about one million, so the revenue can easily be counted at approximately 50 million USD. So Mayweather would earn an additional 25 million, vs 5 million USD for Paul. Not bad at all, isn’t it?

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