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Money Matters: An Exclusive Conversation With Floyd Mayweather


There’s a scene from “HBO 24/7: Mayweather-Mosley” where a single sentence from the trash talking Floyd Mayweather encapsulated the pound for pound king of boxing’s motivation.

“Shane Mosley said I fight for money. You f*cking dummy, I’m a prizefighter! That’s what I’m supposed to be fighting for, a prize, duh!”

It’s no secret that Mayweather’s incentive to put his health on the line inside of the squared circle is the almighty dollar. You’ll never hear Mayweather suggest that he fights for the thrill of it all. Instead, he treats his art as a business. A business that has seen him rake in record breaking purses, sign lucrative contracts and has topped the Forbes list for highest paid athlete in both 2012 and 2013.

This conversation with “Money” isn’t about who he’s going to fight next (“I don’t know yet,” he says with a hint of sarcasm) or another inquiry as to why he and Manny Pacquiao haven’t been able to get on the same page for a super fight (“He had his chance and he blew it”). Nor is it about the alleged $10 million he bet on the Denver Broncos to win the Super Bowl (“We laughed about that, absolutely not true”) or the whereabouts of Ray J (“I never kicked him out of TMT”). Honestly, all of those questions yield the same answers that are prefaced with “Like I said before.” But when you talk about money, Mayweather indulges.

For Mayweather it’s about business, big business. It is about how to sustain when so many of his pugilistic peers have fallen upon financial hard times once they hang up the gloves. It’s about investing in those around you and making sure your whole team flourishes. It’s about The Money Team.

When you look at the career arc of some of the most prominent fighters in the sport, many careers end with a whimper and the overlapping narrative tells a cautionary tale of financial strife. It’s become an epidemic where fighters spend like there is no tomorrow until tomorrow actually shows up.

But Mayweather isn’t one of those fighters.

“What we try to teach here with The Money Team is success. Not fame, success,” Mayweather says over the phone, with an extra emphasis on success. “A lot of people out there have a famous face but nothing in their bank account. Just because you walk the red carpet does not mean that you are successful.”

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  • heads up new recors from “calboy” comin’ to the web.

  • EniggaMA

    sorry money no one will understand. they want you to do what they want to satisfy them.

    • W.E.B. Du Bois

      in boxing that’s a quality of the GREATS – they fought whoever the fans wanted them to

      • EniggaMA

        yea but at the end of the day life is about surviving and making sure you and your family are good. not about who thinks I’m great.

      • Brindle

        i think butchcraig is Filipino

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        Every Great at some point in his career took less money than he could’ve – just because the desire to shut up the debate and prove who’s the best

      • Not one has made what Floyd has.

        No disputing his business hustle!

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        lol — 100% Negro Bruh

      • Negro’Pean!

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        well OK then – so Floyd is NOT onna the greats – which is all I’m saying

      • EniggaMA

        Most of the experts say so but we just gonna listen to u haters smh

  • Montezuma1

    I don’t have a problem with you fighting for money. I just want to see you in the ring more than the blogs. I wanna see you fight better opponents. Canelo didn’t win one round so I’m wondering how he got a shot if he was that outclassed. Just remember Floyd you’re not running game on boxing, you’re running game on the fans who pay to see your sparring sessions. I’m happy for your success. I just wish I didn’t feel like I got robbed after paying to see you fight tomato cans.

    • Brindle

      give that man his props… Canelo is one of the best out there, Floyds just more experienced and way better… My favorite question to ask people who make that statement is “who do you feel who should or should’ve fought”… he fought everyone he was supposed to…

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        NO HE DIDN”T ! — Who? — He Dodged Paceio’s Prime ! – every ” complaint ” (dodge) he made was fixed for him in negotiations, and he kept dodging for years until he dodged Pacieo’s Prime

      • I WILL BITE YOU!!

        didn’t pac reject a fight because he wanted 50/50 instead? even though floyd was the more popular fighter bringing in more money and payperview than pac was

      • Wasn’t he an Arum fighter at that time, post Judah fight?

      • Brindle

        ahhhh… you just don’t like floyd, I think you mean Pacquiao or maceo from de la soul… I’ma pretend you mean Pacquiao, Pac man has never had a prime that he could’ve beat Floyd… again, ahhh… you just don’t like floyd

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        its stupid of you to try to say what I am, or what I mean – I typed very cleary – re-read what I said – I meant what it said – then go match that to what happened – and you’ll find your comment was very stupid

      • Brindle

        if you spelled it correctly, I wouldn’t have had to figure whether it was a boxer or de la soul member… I luckily assumed it was the boxer. Again, you’re comment of “Pac in his prime” is crazy, Floyd smashed the same people Pac struggled with… HATE FLOYDS MOUTH, NOT HIS SKILLS

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        again another dumb comment from you – mouf has Nothing to do with inside the ropes – the subject is about boxing – if you think de la soul – you gotta blame your stupidity on yourself – and boxing the same people is more DODGING the subject of boxing each other

      • Same age!

      • EniggaMA

        @butchcraig so floyd takes all the blame for the fight not happening. foh. pac was offered his biggest payday ever all he had to do was take blood tests. he turned it down because he wanted 50/50 which i don’t blame him but come on fam its not about the money? he wanted more money. but yea its a problem when floyd wants his money. u don’t gotta like floyd but respect his greatness otherwise u just sound like a hater

      • EniggaMA

        sorry fam that was meant for @butchcraig:disqus

      • Weedras

        You’re right Floyd deserve his props regardless of who he’s fought so far but he should give Paquiao a shot and i’d love to see him take on the British kid Amir Khan…

      • Brindle

        I just got a feeling Amir gonna fold and I’ve never felt Pac was ready after struggling with Marquez, Floyd toyed with Margquez fresh out of retirement… pac struggled 3 fights in a row and then got knocked out…

      • Mayweather vs Maidana = May 4th

      • ZUBU

        Yep Cinco De Mayweather Day, every year Money May beats a Mexican or Latin American fighter that weekend. It’s not a lot of fun to watch that fight around a bunch of Mexicans, which I have done several times, they take it real personal. It’s not racism it nationalism, they hate to see their fighters lose.

      • The pay to see & bet!

      • ZUBU

        Yeah bro, not to boast bro but everytime Money May fights one of them dudes I take a pocket full of money with me and I pull it out and ask “who wants some of this money, who doesn’t believe Money May is gonna win?”
        Generally we got a house full of people who want Money May to lose but very few want to wager their money on it. Sometimes I get one or two people to bet me, the ones who allow their pride to supercede their logic.

      • IMAGINE THE ONES ACTUALLY AT THE CASINO!

      • Montezuma1

        Canelo had to drop a lot of weight to fight Floyd. I’m not going to get into the argument because it’s old. Floyd picks safe opponents. So safe that his fights are lopsided and not competitive. I’ll watch but I won’t pay anymore. I’m done and I know quite a lot of people who feel like I do.

      • Brindle

        who should he fight then… every says that about the person that cleans up a weight class or division… who should he have fought?

      • Montezuma1

        Keep moving up. That’s what the greats do.

  • EniggaMA

    pacquiao defines floyds whole career lol

    • W.E.B. Du Bois

      yes, that’s true, because Floyd is undefeated , but can’t be a great, because he dodged Pac – he would be the only boxer in HISTORY, 100’s of years – that are called and are onna the Greats and dodged anyone of his era – boxing is the only sport defined by the matches the FANS wanna see

      • EniggaMA

        I guess ur just gonna ignore the fact Pac turned down floods offer because he wanted more. Lol ok that’s cool

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        well, it was a lot less, the Greats take a little less at least once, even while they were great – when it’ll still be a heckava lotta millions – just to shut up the debate and get it on in front everybody – Pac was popular too, to me, Much more – and boxing is the one sport where the gate draw should get some money for bringing in more money for all

      • Pac turned down 40Million.

  • ZUBU

    Money May would have whipped Pac then and now. Pac was taking PED’s thats why he didn’t want the blood testing done. Money was the headliner so he deserved more of the profit, and if Pac had of won, the rematch would have been an even split, or possibly with Pac earning more. Pac blew (or Bob Arum blew it) then he went on to get knocked the fukk out and that was the end of the Money May pay day for Pac. Pac can NEVER recoup the Money he lost by not fighting Money May. Thank you very much Sir Bob Arum. Arum has had bad blood with the Mayweathers for years.

    • Montezuma1

      Boxing has gotten like Rap. Fans worrying about and being experts on everything but the product they get for their money. None of us are promoters or Floyd’s financial advisors. I paid 5k for 2 $2000 tickets to see him fight Canelo and I felt like I paid for a sparring session. Lets keep it simple as fans. Never mind all the shyt that has nothing to do with getting our money’s worth. I PAY for a fight not an exhibition. I don’t care about pound for pound or any of the other distractions from the fact FANS of boxing, true fans are getting robbed whenever Mayweather fights.

      • marc esco

        I watched the last Mayweather fight for free.. 🙂

      • EniggaMA

        Why cause he doesn’t stand there and trade punches. U ever hear holyfield speak nowadays or even floyds father. U don’t have to watch but u will continue to. It’s easy to say stand there and take a beating to please other people when ur health is not on the line. He did that in the cotton fight. Tried to please everybody and everyone was saying he lost a step

      • Montezuma1

        Marvin Hagler sounds fine and so does George Foreman. Stop making excuses for a talented prima donna.

      • EniggaMA

        Well if that’s ur logic y have protected sex? Not everyone catches something. Ur not that bright huh? He made over $100 mill last yr doin it his way and u know who was satisfied. He was. And the crazy thing is ur still gonna watch him fight.

      • Montezuma1

        That’s YOUR logic with your Holyfield comparison. Bottom line is if you’re scared of getting hurt then become a bus driver not a fighter. Bright? Get off his dyck! Who gives a fcuk about his money? I don’t pay to see his bank account I pay to see a fight. You sound like a groupie bytch not a fight fan. Get ghost fa99ot. Another fatherless son lost in the world.

      • EniggaMA

        U mad

      • EniggaMA

        What ur dumb a$$ is not understanding is he don’t give a fcuk about what u think. Ur dumba$$ spends $5000 to watch a fighter he don’t like when he knows his style is hit and not get hit u know the actual point of boxing. Y cause u thought Canelo had a chance. Lol he made that boy look like an amateur. Yea ur not that bright.

      • Montezuma1

        Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough. I’m out.

      • What about Ali, Frazier, Pernell Whitaker, Meldrick Taylor, Gerald Mclellan, etc.?

      • Montezuma1

        What about them? They knew the risks of their career choice. Same with the NFL and concussions. O believe that’s why they make 50 million in one night. What else do they want? There’s always work at the post office. lol

      • Yeah, but if you can make 50 Mill in one night & be able to count it because you moved your head 5 inches out the way, that’s the sweet science.

      • Montezuma1

        I think you suffer from identity crisis. Are you the fighter or the fan? Because the fans only concern is getting a good show for his/her money. Football players suffer concussions and basketball players suffer from bad knees and shin splints. The risk is a personal choice and why fans pay top dollar to see what they can’t or aren’t willing to do. People on here talking like they have some other connection to this than the money they spend on pay per view. How delusional.

      • ZUBU

        Exactly! The name of the game is to hit as often as you can, and not get hit in return. Dimwitted people want him to stand toe to toe with people, thats not his style his game is to stick and move. Sugar Ray Leonard listened to people and tried to prove his toughness against Roberto Duran their first fight, Ray lost. Second fight Ray went back to his normal style and out-boxed, out-pointed and frustrated Duran into quitting like a coward.
        Money May keep doing you bro fukk the naysayers.

      • “Treat it like Boxing, Stick N Move, Stick N Move!”

        /watch?v=XJAt3bBQjD4

      • ZUBU

        Word! LMAO thats the name of the game. Some “people” think you’re suppose to stand there and let your opponent pound you upside the head. SMH……..

    • W.E.B. Du Bois

      your wrong – Pac agreed to the blood testing – then Floyd found another excuse again for dodging him

      • ZUBU

        Naw bro, Money May wanted Olympic style testing meaning they could test you anytime leading up to the fight and after. Pac agreed to testing that was scheduled, and he didn’t want testing right before the fight. What is the purpose of a random drug testing if you know when the test is coming? Pac wanted to schedule his cycle of PED’s so that he could use them and not get caught, If he took the last test several weeks or a month before the fight then he could go back to using them prior to the fight.
        The lamest excuse of all time was Pac saying: that he was scared of needles even though he has tattoo’s; he also said the blood tests would make him weak leading up to the fight lol. Money May would have taken the test on the same days they would have had Pac take them. That was straight bull-shiittt……
        Basically Pac didn’t want to fight Money clean……

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        blah blah blah – didn’t read all that homie – Floyd didn’t do all that with anybody else – only Pac – so that what you explained IS Dodging – and – it was one excuse met after another, that you explained was the final one – everyone knew then, Floyd was dodging Pacieo

      • EniggaMA

        Lol fam ur still ignoring the fact pacman turned down floyds offer.

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  • David Gonzales

    Floyd’s a great fighter who will go down as one of the best. My only problem with him is I don’t see him being a postitive role model to the youth growing up today. He’s teaching them to love money, his messages are always saying one thing, “get money” When your famous that should be a reason to help the youth, not hurt them with the wrong way of thinking. We need positive role models out there!

    • Montezuma1

      Floyd is a tool.

    • plsDontreply

      He’s a role model to “boxers”. Role models are the role of the profession they participate in… His antics would not be tolerated as a doctor, but as a boxer he is fine nothing too over the top…

      • David Gonzales

        I guess that makes sense. The thing that gets me though is it’s not just boxers who watch and follow him. The young fans see the gambling, throwing money at the screen and making it rain at strip clubs. I’m not bashing Floyd because I really love what he does in that ring, but maybe he should think about the young fans watching him to. I know positive role models start with the parents, but let’s not confuse their minds with the wrong things in life. I do understand your side though!