Legendary former professional boxer Floyd Mayweather has unequivocally shut down critics questioning his involvement in exhibition bouts. He recently revealed the astounding earnings from these exhibition matches over the past few years.
With an iconic career boasting 15 major world championships (including two WBC light middleweight champion titles), Mayweather has engaged in seven exhibition bouts since 2018.
In a recent post on X, Michael Benson shared a clip showcasing Mayweather’s unapologetic response to the criticism hurled at him. Dismissing his detractors, Mayweather unabashedly labeled them as ‘upset’ over his successful foray into exhibition boxing matches.
Mayweather joked: “[In] Dubai, [to] pick up a couple dollars’ before winking at the camera. They’re upset, see, they’re upset because… I’m smart, I cap all my faculties, I made a lot of smart investments.”
“When great people like Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, the Waltons the people that own Walmart and Walgreens, when they’re getting money in their 50s, 60s, 70s, even in their 80s and 90s – it’s ok.”
Addressing the uproar surrounding his financial success, Mayweather confidently defended himself, emphasizing his astute financial decisions.
He continued: “A young kid like myself from the inner city, from the ghetto, I worked my way to the top. I was able to leave boxing on my own terms and keep all my faculties and a lot of my money.”
“They’re upset that I’m able to go out there and continue to make 40, 50, 60 million [dollars] outside the ring. You can’t get mad, it’s what God wanted.”
Mayweather’s venture into exhibition matches started on New Year’s Eve in 2018, squaring off against Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa. Mayweather managed to knock him down three times, securing victory within the first round.
Subsequently, the undefeated boxer encountered YouTubers Logan Paul and Deji Olatunji, with his bout against Logan Paul generating an astounding £50 million.
Floyd Mayweather’s journey through exhibition bouts has not only been financially rewarding but has also provided a platform for him to showcase his dominance beyond the traditional boxing sphere.