Former five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather is officially the highest-paid athlete of the decade according to a report published by Forbes magazine.
The legendary boxer earned a staggering $915 Million or ₹6500 Crore. He is way ahead than any other athlete on the list. The second position is claimed by Portuguese footballer Christiano Ronaldo who earned $800 Million or ₹5700.
Floyd Mayweather’s was ranked the highest-earning athlete in the world in the year 2012, 2014,2015, 2018.
His most notable paydays came against Canelo Alvarez in 2013, Manny Pacquiao in 2015 and Conor McGregor in 2017.
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— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) December 24, 2019
His fight against Canelo Alvarez sold around 2.2 million pay-per-view buys and generated a record $150 Million or ₹1000 Crore in box-office revenue. The fight also sold 16,146 tickets and generated a gate of $20 Million or ₹142 Crore. Floyd Mayweather completely dominated Canelo in this fight and defeated him via split decision. Floyd earned a guaranteed of $41.5 Million or ₹296 Crore.
Floyd’s fight against Manny Pacquiao in 2015 broke all pay-per-view records and gate revenues. The fight sold around 4.6 Million PPV buys in the US and generated more than $400 million or ₹2900 Crore in pay-per-view revenue alone. The fight also sold 6,219 tickets at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and generated $72 Million or ₹513 Crore at the gate. Floyd Mayweather earned a staggering $300 Million in this fight. Floyd defeated Pacquiao via unanimous decision.
His last professional fight took place at the T-Mobile Arena on August 26 against two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor. In this fight, Floyd knocked out McGregor in the tenth round. The fight sold 4.3 Million PPV buys in the US and generated a revenue of more than $400 Million in domestic PPV revenue alone. The fight also generated around $55 Million or ₹400 Crore in gate revenue.
The fight generated over $600 Million or ₹4300 Crore in revenue alone.
“The total global revenue from the event, including ticket sales, sponsorship and international distribution, exceeds $600 million, which — along with Mayweather vs. Pacquiao — is among the largest for a single-day sporting event of all time,” a news release from Showtime read.
Floyd Mayweather recently unveiled that he is coming out of retirement in 2020 and will be working alongside UFC President Dana White.