Floyd Mayweather to earn at least $100m from Conor McGregor fight

Floyd Mayweather will earn a minimum of $100m for Saturday’s junior middleweight boxing match with UFC champion Conor McGregor at the T-Mobile Arena, matching the career-high guarantee he made for his 2015 megafight with Manny Pacquiao.

Mayweather’s contracted purse, which was disclosed on Friday night by the Nevada Athletic Commission, is expected to balloon past $200m once the pay-per-view receipts, live gate, closed-circuit revenues and foreign sales are tallied.

McGregor’s guarantee is $30m, which is 10 times his previous career-high purse of $3m, which he earned for his rematch with Nate Diaz last year. His total earnings are expected to exceed $75m once his share of the promotion is accounted for.

The ultimate takeaways for Mayweather and McGregor may never be known, because the exact details and breakdown of their additional cuts will not be disclosed and are protected under a confidentiality agreement.

Earlier on Friday, both fighters made weight for their pay-per-view showdown. McGregor weighed in at 153lbs, one pound below the junior middleweight limit. Mayweather came in at 149.5lbs.

McGregor put on an aggressive show at the weigh-in, accusing Mayweather of “being full of water” and in “the worst shape I’ve ever seen”.

Mayweather said: “I’ve been here before. I know what it takes, what is a fight of this magnitude.”

He added: “Weight doesn’t win fights, fighting wins fights,” he said. “It won’t go the distance, mark my words.”


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