The pay-per-view numbers for the Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather Jr. boxing match have finally been released, and they’re pretty sizable.
Showtime announced on Thursday that the boxing match between McGregor and Mayweather in late August did 4.3 million pay-per-view buys in North America.
The large amount places the McGregor-Mayweather fight as the second-most purchased pay-per-view fight in history behind Mayweather’s 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao, which did 4.6 million buys.
Mayweather has now been part of the four-most purchased pay-per-view fights in history, and the only two that did over 4 million. His 2007 fight with Oscar De La Hoya generated 2.4 million buys, and his 2013 fight with Canelo Alvarez did 2.2 million buys.
Floyd Mayweather took a trip to China, and he ended up with a pet panda — sort of.
While in China, Mayweather paid nearly $15,000 as an adoption fee to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. The fee gave Mayweather naming rights to a 1-year-old panda for a year. And guess what Mayweather named the panda for now? TMT Floyd Mayweather.
The panda was previously named “Maodou.”
Mayweather shared some photos on Instagram from his trip to China. In one post, he said he was paid $3 million for the trip.
Here in Beijing, China at “The Great Wall Of China”, considered to be one of the greatest Wonders of The World! It’s always been on my list of places to see throughout my travels in life however, timing is everything. Coming here with 23 people has been a great experience and it doesn’t hurt to get paid $3,000,000. to simply visit and vacation here in luxury for a few days. With money this long, everything is different. I move different, I dress different and I live different because my money is extremely different! i want to thank my cousin @dejuanblake and his @affiliationmanagement company for putting this all together. Photo credit: @lapistolpete @idriserba videographer: @jamesdayap
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First Mayweather goes to Russia and ends up with a pet tiger, and now he goes to China and adopts a panda. What will come next?
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been engaged in a legal war with his ex-girlfriend Shantel Jackson for years, and the latest shot is being fired by the undefeated boxer.
According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Mayweather has filed a lawsuit against Jackson alleging that the actress stole an undisclosed amount of money from him while the two were dating. Mayweather claims Jackson took cash from around his house without permission and gained access to his credit card accounts to go on shopping sprees. The lawsuit claims Jackson even had the items she bought shipped a secret location so Mayweather would not know about the purchases.
Mayweather’s lawyers say Floyd did not find out about the alleged stealing until a mutual friend told him Jackson had been bragging about it. Mayweather says he grew to trust Jackson because of the way she stood by him publicly when he was being criticized.
“As a result of that confidence, Mayweather, who’s education ended at eighth grade, did not audit or otherwise inspect either his cash or his credit card statements for theft by Jackson,” the lawsuit states.
Jackson filed a lawsuit against Mayweather in 2014 accusing him of threatening her with a gun and assaulting her multiple times, and that case has not yet been resolved. If you remember, Floyd posted a message on social media indicating he broke up with Jackson because she got an abortion. In all likelihood, Mayweather did that because he was jealous of Jackson’s relationship with a well-known hip-hop artist.
Without knowing many of the details of the legal issues, it seems safe to say that no resolution between these two is in sight.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a perfect 50-0 after he defeated Conor McGregor over the summer, and that is the way the 15-time champion’s record is going to stay.
Earlier in the week, a report from TMZ claimed that Mayweather has told people close to him that he is considering fighting one more time. While the thought of another nine-figure payday must be appealing to the man whose image is all about money, Mayweather insists he is remaining retired.
“I’m happily retired,” Mayweather said while touring China on Wednesday, via the Daily Mail. “I’m not fighting no more, no matter what the price is.”
Mayweather added that any reports about him coming out of retirement are “fake” and “all lies.” The 40-year-old was also quick to remind everyone that he doesn’t need to fight to keep the gravy train rolling.
“Coming here with 23 people has been a great experience and it doesn’t hurt to get paid $3,000,000 to simply visit and vacation here in luxury for a few days,” Mayweather said of the appearances he has been making in China.
The only fight for Mayweather that would make any sense is a rematch with McGregor. There have been some questions about whether McGregor is finished with his MMA career, but he is still under contract with the UFC. At this point, it would be a surprise if Mayweather steps into the ring again.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. had thousands of dollars worth of property stolen from his home in Beverly Hills this week, according to a report.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that someone in Mayweather’s crew returned to the boxer’s $26 million mansion on Tuesday afternoon and noticed a window was broken. When the man entered the home, he determined that expensive luggage, sunglasses and other items were missing. Police are still trying to figure out how much was stolen, but it was said to be at least $10,000 worth of possessions.
Mayweather just purchased the home in September, and TMZ reports that the 15,000-square-foot mansion has a top-notch alarm system. It’s unclear why the alarm was not triggered.
Mayweather is in China this week, so it’s possible the person who broke into his home was aware he was overseas. Unfortunately, break-ins of this nature have become more common as social media keeps us informed of where athletes and celebrities are seemingly at all times. We saw something similar happen to an MLB star during the World Series earlier this month.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has unofficially retired on more than one occasion over the past few years, but it’s hard to turn down a nine-figure payday. And if another one of those presents itself, there’s a chance Mayweather could change his mind once again.
TMZ reports that Mayweather has been telling people in his inner circle he is considering fighting for a 51st time. Ending his career with a 50-0 record after beating Conor McGregor seemed like exactly what Floyd wanted, but he has apparently been training hard and is still in fighting shape.
It seems like the only fight for Mayweather that would make sense is a rematch with McGregor, considering the 15-time world champion could likely make at least another $100 million if he agreed to it. However, McGregor is still under contract with the UFC and is expected to get back to mixed martial arts fights. Showtime Sports executive vice president Stephen Espinoza told TMZ that he doubts a Mayweather-McGregor rematch would happen.
There have been rumors about McGregor getting into the ring with another legendary boxer, but it would not be a surprise if the Irishman’s days of boxing are over. The same is likely true of Mayweather’s.
Floyd Mayweather Jr has put some of his earnings from the Conor McGregor fight to good use.
According to The Blast, Mayweather has paid off his $22.2 million tax lien using his McGregor earnings.
Reports this summer said federal tax liens filed in April showed Mayweather owed $22.2 million in back taxes for 2015. Mayweather in July filed for a temporary reprieve because he was set to make hundreds of millions in August after his fight with McGregor.
The Blast says a release was filed by the government last month.
Mayweather has dealt with previous issues with the IRS in the past. McGregor even recently said he thought Mayweather’s spending habits would result in the boxer needing to fight him again to make more money.
Though Mayweather used a chunk of his money to pay off his debt to the IRS, he also used some of it for pleasure, as he also recently bought a $26 million mansion in Beverly Hills.