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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Boxing

Floyd Mayweather won $25,000 on Falcons thanks to first half performance

Floyd Mayweather is living up to his nickname and earning a pretty penny on Sunday’s NFC Championship action.

The former boxer took the Atlanta Falcons and the -3.5 spread in the first half, putting $30,000 on that outcome. He was richly rewarded when the team took a 24-0 lead into the locker room.

The man earned the reputation for a reason. It’s things like this, after all, that enable him to brag about his bank account. No wonder he doesn’t think he needs the $25 million on offer to fight Conor McGregor. He’s doing just fine on his own, with a little assistance from the Falcons.

Floyd Mayweather taunts Conor McGregor over net worth

Floyd Mayweather Jr. insists he wants to fight Conor McGregor, but the undefeated boxing champion is only going to do it if he is guaranteed a ton of money. Not only that, but Floyd wants to make significantly more for the fight than McGregor.

Mayweather said recently that he wants $100 million guaranteed and is willing to give McGregor $15 million. UFC president Dana White later chimed in by saying he would guarantee both fighters $25 million and then talk about how to split the pay-per-view money. Floyd thinks that’s laughable, and he mocked McGregor on social media Thursday to illustrate his point.

There’s no way to tell how accurate those net worth figures actually are, but we know one thing for certain — Mayweather is worth a heck of a lot more than McGregor.

Mayweather made $200 million for a six-fight contract he had with Showtime, and that didn’t include pay-per-view money. He reportedly made over $200 million for his fight with Manny Pacquiao alone, so why would he accept $25 million?

From a financial standpoint, McGregor has way more incentive to make the fight happen than Mayweather. There’s no way Floyd will agree to an even split, and who can blame him? McGregor can talk all the smack he wants and continue to make outlandish claims like these, but he’d have to check his ego before actual negotiations could begin.

Floyd Mayweather ‘absolutely’ wants to fight Conor McGregor

There are a lot of people who don’t think Floyd Mayweather’s interest in fighting Conor McGregor is legitimate, but the retired boxer begs to differ.

Mayweather was in attendance for Saturday’s boxing card featuring Badou Jack and James Degale at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and was interviewed by Showtime’s Jim Gray. Gray asked about the possibility of Mayweather fighting McGregor, and Floyd said he “absolutely” wanted the fight.

What’s significant is how Mayweather mentioned that he is a “business man.” Floyd was famous for taking fights where the risk to him was as little as possible while his financial reward was great. Clearly he’s not too concerned about fighting McGregor, who is a professional MMA star but does not have anywhere near the boxing experience of Mayweather.

But if UFC president Dana White is going to make the fight happen, he will have to up his financial offer.

Floyd Mayweather laughs at Dana White’s fight offer

Floyd Mayweather smiling

Floyd Mayweather Jr. was so insulted by Dana White’s offer to fight Conor McGregor that he literally laughed out loud about it.

Mayweather and McGregor have been discussing a potential crossover fight between them over the past year or so. White officially threw down the gauntlet when the UFC president made an official offer to Floyd on Friday during an interview on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.”

White offered both fighters $25 million for the fight plus a percentage of the pay-per-view revenue.

When presented with the information surrounding White’s offer, Mayweather laughed it off, using profanity. The undefeated boxer called White a “comedian” and then pointed out how much some of his regular expenses are as a way of showing that $25 million won’t cut it.

Mayweather’s reaction should not come as a surprise.

The man made over $33 million per fight, not including his pay-per-view share, during a six-fight contract with Showtime. He also earned over $200 million in his fight with Manny Pacquiao.

There’s no way Mayweather’s coming out of retirement for just $25 million when he could make so much more promoting it himself. In fact, Mayweather has already given his magic number to make the fight happen.

Dana White’s offer to Floyd Mayweather is a joke

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor have been talking about fighting each other for around a year, but Dana White sure isn’t coming close to making such a fight happen.

Earlier this week, Mayweather shared his terms for a potential fight with McGregor, saying he would only fight for $100 million plus pay-per-view.

White, who has McGregor under contract at the UFC, says any fight would have to go through his organization. During an interview on “The Herd” on FOX Sports Radio Friday, White made his offer for the bout.

“Tell you what, Floyd, here’s a real offer. And I’m the guy. I’m the guy that can actually make the offer, and I’m actually making a real offer. We’ll pay you (Floyd) $25 million. We’ll pay Conor (McGregor) $25 million. And then we’ll talk about Pay-Per-View at a certain number. There’s a real offer.”

Seriously, Dana, that’s the best you can do? That’s a joke.

Mayweather made $200 million for a six-fight contract with Showtime, which did not include the pay-per-view money. He also reportedly made over $200 million alone for his fight with Manny Pacquiao. Why would he take so much less? Mayweather is a business man, and that offer doesn’t make any business sense for him.

Floyd Mayweather: The only fight I’m interested in is Conor McGregor

The unlikely prospect of Floyd Mayweather Jr. coming out of retirement for a cross-sport fight with Conor McGregor is the storyline that won’t seem to die, and Mayweather continues to do his part to breathe life into it.

In an appearance on ESPN’s “First Take” Wednesday, Mayweather was asked about McGregor saying two months ago that he wants $100 million to fight the undefeated boxer. Mayweather says he would only give McGregor a fraction of that, but he is willing to make the fight happen.

“We tried to make the Conor McGregor fight,” Mayweather said. “They know what my number is. My number is a guaranteed $100 million. That was my number. We are willing to give him $15 million and then we can talk about splitting the percentage — the back end — on the pay-per-view. But of course, we’re the ‘A side.’ How can a guy talk about making 20 or 30 million if he has never made 8 or 9 million in a fight?

“You guys keep hearing all these different rumors about different fighters want to face Floyd Mayweather. Everybody keeps talking about Conor McGregor. He’s blowing smoke up everybody’s a–. Dana White, the UFC — let’s make it happen. Bring him over to the boxing world, and I’ll show him what it’s like.”

Mayweather and his camp have flip-flopped for months about whether they are interested in a fight with McGregor. In fact, Mayweather promotions recently expressed confidence that the bout would “never happen” because the UFC would not allow one of its biggest stars to risk getting throttled in the boxing ring.

“Only thing I’m probably interested in is the Conor McGregor fight,” Mayweather added Wednesday. “I’m a businessman, and it makes business sense. I believe in what me and [adviser] Al Haymon talk about every day — I believe in working smarter, not harder.”

A while back, a report indicated Mayweather has offered McGregor a substantial amount of money to fight him. Floyd’s offer of $15 million makes it seem like that report was way off-base.

There’s still next to no chance the fight will happen. McGregor can talk as much smack about Mayweather as he wants, but the fact is the UFC lightweight champion has very little leverage in negotiations. In addition to the legal hurdles of getting the UFC to allow him to fight Mayweather, McGregor has never made anywhere close to the type of money Floyd got for fighting during his career. An even split is never going to happen.

Miguel Cotto says 2017 is his last year, still wants rematch with Canelo Alvarez

Miguel Cotto

Former four-division world champion Miguel Cotto is about to hang up his gloves but not before he takes care of some unfinished business.

Speaking with reporters on Thursday to promote his upcoming junior middleweight fight with James Kirkland on February 25, Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) announced that 2017 would be the last year of his career.

“This is the last year of my career and I want to end my career in the best way possible,” Cotto said, per Dan Rafael of ESPN. “I knew I wanted to come back and this is the way that I want to do it. I want to have two or three fights this year. We will see.”

The Puerto Rican fighter did add, however, that he still wants a rematch with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who he lost the middleweight world title to by unanimous decision a little over 13 months ago.

“I’m here for the best fights and the best fighters out there, so if Canelo Alvarez wants to fight, to clear what happened November 2015, they know where to find me,” Cotto continued. “It was close. We orchestrated the plan in a perfect way and we believe that we were the winners of the fight.”

That first fight actually wasn’t particularly close with the three judges scoring it 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111 for Alvarez. It’s also uncertain if Alvarez, who has been negotiating a bout with fellow Mexican fighter Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and also has his much-ballyhooed showdown with Gennady Golovkin lurking somewhere on the horizon, will be able to find time for a second fight with Cotto in 2017. But if the two sides can somehow find a way to get it done, it would certainly be a fitting curtain drop for the legendary career of the 36-year-old Cotto, who has never been one to shy away from the big time.

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