Floyd Mayweather ‘probably won’t get $100M payday from his fight with Logan Paul’ as expert predicts exhibition brought in just 650,000 PPV purchases in the United States
- Floyd Mayweather Is Unlikely To Make $100 Million From His Recent Fight, Expert Says
- 44-year-old featured YouTube novice Logan Paul in an exhibition in Miami
- PPV pundit Dave Meltzer says the fight may have netted less than 650,000 purchases
- That figure, plus other earnings, means Mayweather may be getting less than $100 million
- Mayweather leads the PPV charts, occupying four of the top five positions
Floyd Mayweather is unlikely to make the $100 million many expect from his exhibition fight with Logan Paul, an expert at calculating pay-per-view purchases, claimed.
Mayweather, 44, returned to the ring for the first time since New Year’s Eve 2018 to take on YouTube novice Paul in an eight round match that would lead to no winner or loser.
Paul, 26, survived the exhibition fight with the veteran in a disappointing spectacle for fans.
Floyd Mayweather is unlikely to make the $100 million predicted based on his recent fight
Mayweather, 44, took on Logan Paul in an eight-round exhibition in Miami on Sunday
Mayweather claimed he could make a whopping $100 million (£71 million) in total from the fight, while Paul would reportedly make in the region of $26 million (£14 million) when PPV figures and everything else were responsible.
However, Dave Meltzer, an American journalist whose pay-per-view purchase calculations are well respected in boxing, has estimated that Mayweather v Paul collected between 600,000 and 650,000 purchases buy, although the numbers at this early stage are a very rough estimate.
Mayweather would be entitled to 50 percent of the PPV purchases for the event – priced at $49.99 (£35) in the United States – which equates to about $16.5 million (£11.6 million), according to the mirror.
Fewer than 650,000 gamblers tuned in to watch the fight over the weekend, according to a PPV expert
BEST PPVs OF ALL TIME
1. Mayweather v Pacquiao: 4.6 million purchases
2. Mayweather v McGregor: 4.3 million purchases
3. UFC 229: Khabib vs McGregor: 2.5 m
= 3. Mayweather v De La Hoya: 2.5m
5. Mayweather v Canelo: 2.2 m
The 44-year-old was reportedly guaranteed a $10 million (£7 million) lump sum to appear in the Miami fight, and told reporters after the match that his short-term sponsors will receive a further $30 million (£21.2 million). ) contributed.
In total, those amounts would add up to $56.5 million (£40 million), meaning Mayweather wouldn’t make it to the nine-figure projection, although Meltzer’s PPV calculation doesn’t account for international purchases. Sky Sports broadcast the fight in the UK for £16.95.
Boxing fans Stateside also encountered problems watching coverage of Sunday’s fight, with Showtime’s streaming app crashing overnight.
The match was broadcast by the broadcaster in North America and made available via the streaming app, but a large number of gamblers were unable to watch.
The US television network has asked fans to go to their website to request their money back after angry viewers demanded their money back.
Together with other revenue streams, that would amount to approximately $56.5 million
Mayweather had described the bout as another of his “legalized bank robberies” that made a fortune after taking on UFC star Conor McGregor in August 2017.
“When it comes to legalized bank robberies, I’m the best.” he told reporters after the fight at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium.
“I stopped boxing. But I’m not retired from entertainment,” Mayweather added. ‘No one has to look. Nobody has to pay. Do what makes you feel good, and I’ll do what makes me feel good.’
Mayweather occupies four of the top five spots in the most profitable PPV purchases in martial arts, with his “Fight of the Century” against Manny Pacquiao topping the list with 4.6 million purchases.
Mayweather’s fight with Pacquiao tops the PPV charts with 4.6 million purchases, dwarfing Sunday’s data