Floyd Mayweather Net Worth: Analyzing Money's Status Heading into Maidana Fight

Tim KeeneyContributor IMay 3, 2014

Boxer Floyd Mayweather watches the Los Angeles Lakers play the Boston Celtics during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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There is perhaps no one in the sporting world who better lives up to his or her nickname than Floyd "Money" Mayweather. 

On the one hand, the undefeated pound-for-pound champion and greatest defensive fighter of his generation is certainly money inside the ring—you know, in the "you're so money, baby," Vince-Vaughn-in-Swingers sense of the word.

But in all reality, the moniker is far more literal than that: Mayweather makes a ridiculous amount of money. 

The more stacks of cash he piles to the ceiling, the more difficult it becomes to pinpoint an exact number, but there are some estimates about Mayweather's net worth out there as he heads into his May 3 fight with Marcos Maidana.

CelebrityNetWorth.com puts it at a whopping $200 million. George Willis of the New York Post estimated it at $170 million. Sports Illustrated named him the highest-paid athlete—knocking off Tiger Woods, who had owned that crown for nearly a decade—the last two years, claiming he made $85 million in 2012 and likely over $100 million in 2013.

In September of 2013, he told ESPN's Tim Keown he had more than $123 million in one bank account. 

The scary part? Next to nothing comes from endorsements. 

Against Victor Ortiz, Mayweather made a base of $25 million, which only grew after the fight generated $1.25 million pay-per-view buys. Against Miguel Cotto, his base was $32 million, and the PPV buys hit a silly 1.5 million. Against Robert Guerrero, $32 million and a slight downgrade in PPV buys. Finally, in his most recent fight against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, he pocketed a record $41.5 million while the fight generated a record $150 million in revenue from 2.2 million PPV purchases.

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So, yeah, as unequivocally the biggest draw in the sport, Mayweather doesn't exactly need endorsements to help his income. 

Of course, as one of the most confident athletes in the world, Money has also never felt shy about showing off his money. 

Perhaps the most common instance of this is his propensity to make public his massive betting slips, which recently included a couple of $30,000 gambles on the eventual national champion Connecticut Huskies. But the most comical is probably when he posts pictures of his money with random objects from around the house:

And who could forget him counting $1 million in cash on his private jet?

A lot of people enjoy criticizing him for some of these antics, but he is free to do whatever he wants with his own money. They say money doesn't buy happiness, but it's very clearly buying Money happiness, and that's all that should matter. 

His net worth is only set to increase, too. Although his upcoming bout with Marcos Maidana isn't as big of a draw as the previous one with Canelo, it's still going to result in a massive payday—as will every other remaining fight as he attempts to finish his career undefeated.