Update June 6th 11:45 p.m. During the fight we saw Floyd Mayweather walk to the ring with an OnlyFans hat and an offshore bookmaker mask. There were also two commercials for upcoming movies shown between the first and second round, and the second and third round. You rarely see commercials during pay-per-view fights, and there was likely even more money made during this fight than originally expected.
While it’s technically an exhibition, the bout between Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul will be one of the highest-grossing combat sports events of 2021. And even though there won’t be judges or even a decision announced because the bout is not licensed by the State of Florida, there will still be plenty of cash on the line.
Reports are that Mayweather will make $10 million guaranteed just for walking into the ring at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, and he’ll pick up 50% of the pay-per-view dollars as well. His opponent Logan Paul will get $250,000 for being in attendance and 10% of the pay-per-view box office for his efforts.
So how many pay-per-view buys will be sold here? Mayweather’s fight with MMA fighter Conor McGregor in 2017 was one of the biggest events in boxing history, with 4.3 million purchases and total revenue of over $600 million. In terms of purchases, it was second only to Money May’s 4.6 million domestic PPV buys for his 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao.
On both these bouts Mayweather cleared nine figures, making him one of the wealthiest athletes in world history. And while Paul does have 23 million subscribers on Youtube and almost as many followers on Instagram, it’s unlikely this bout clears the massive hurdles above. But even if it clears 1 million buys, that guarantees the $49.99 PPV nets Mayweather an additional $25 million and Paul an additional $5 million.
Safe to say it’s a pretty good check for eight rounds of effort for both parties. You can find out how to watch and buy the entire fight card here.