Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. is set for another healthy payday as he prepares to take on YouTube star Logan Paul in an exhibition fight Sunday.
Mayweather posted an undefeated 50-0 record with 27 knockouts during his career, which included victories over marquee names like Manny Pacquiao and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. In May, he told Lance Pugmire of The Athletic his days chasing championships are over.
"There's no more real fights for me," he said. "Only exhibitions."
The 44-year-old Michigan native built an empire over the past 25 years with a combination of brilliant defensive boxing and a unique ability to sell fights to a mainstream audience.
In turn, Mayweather has accumulated a net worth estimated somewhere in the mid-nine figures. Celebrity Net Worth pegs it at $450 million, while Wealthy Genius is a little more bullish at $525 million.
He'll add to those totals against Paul. Although official purse details haven't been released, SportingFree reported Mayweather is expected to receive a guaranteed $10 million along with 50 percent of pay-per-view revenue, which could push him toward $100 million (via Zac Al-Khateeb of Sporting News).
Dylan Terry of The Sun projected the final total for the former five-division world champion at around $102 million.
"I can fight a fighter right now and guarantee myself $35 million," Mayweather said on The Disruptive Entrepreneur podcast in March. "Eventually, I can probably make $50 million, right? It's just a regular fight. Or me and Logan Paul and a YouTuber can go out and have fun and make nine figures, $100 million or more."
Even if there's some hyperbole built into those comments, they should be a wake-up call to the boxing world as it attempts to maximize returns in the post-Mayweather and post-Pacquiao era. There are still fighters with the ability to draw, but turning fight cards into more well-rounded events has been a hit.
Mayweather shifting his focus from competitive bouts that required extended training camps to less strenuous exhibitions comes at a perfect time to maximize his earnings in the developing landscape.
As for the fight itself, everything that happens will be totally controlled by Mayweather. Paul doesn't have the experience to land a meaningful punch against perhaps the greatest defender in boxing history.
No winner will be declared, but the longtime face of boxing doesn't need scorecards to know he'd win this matchup handily if anything was on the line.