Floyd Mayweather ‘unlikely to pocket $100m payday from Logan Paul fight as expert predicts exhibition bout garnered just 650,000 PPV buys Stateside’
- Floyd Mayweather is unlikely to pocket $100m from his recent fight, expert says
- The 44-year-old took on YouTube novice Logan Paul in an exhibition in Miami
- PPV expert Dave Meltzer says the fight may have got less than 650k buys
- That figure, plus other earnings, means Mayweather may get less than $100m
- Mayweather leads the PPV charts, occupying four of the top five positions
Floyd Mayweather is unlikely to rake in the $100m payday many expected from his exhibition bout with Logan Paul, an expert in calculating pay-per-view buys has claimed.
Mayweather, 44, returned to the ring for the first time since New Year’s Eve 2018 to face YouTube novice Paul in an eight-round contest that would not result in a winner or loser.
Paul, 26, survived the duration of the exhibition fight with the veteran in an underwhelming spectacle for fans.
Floyd Mayweather is unlikely to pocket the $100m payday predicted from his recent fight
Mayweather, 44, took on YouTube novice in an eight-round exhibition in Miami on Sunday
Mayweather claimed he could earn as much as $100million (£71m) in total from the fight while Paul reportedly was set to earn in the region of $26m (£14m) when PPV figures and everything else was accounted for.
However, Dave Meltzer, an American journalist whose calculations of pay-per-view buys are well respected in boxing, has estimated that Mayweather v Paul garnered between 600,000 and 650,000 buys, although figures at this early stage are a very rough estimate.
Mayweather is understood to be entitled to 50 per cent of the PPV buys for the event- priced at $49.99 (£35) in the States – equating to roughly $16.5m (£11.6m), according to The Mirror.
According to a PPV expert, under 650,000 punters tuned in to watch the fight on the weekend
TOP PPVs OF ALL TIME
1. Mayweather v Pacquiao: 4.6m buys
2. Mayweather v McGregor: 4.3m buys
3. UFC 229: Khabib v McGregor: 2.5m
= 3. Mayweather v De La Hoya: 2.5m
5. Mayweather v Canelo: 2.2m
The 44-year-old was reportedly guaranteed a $10m (£7m) flat fee to appear at the Miami fight, and told reporters after the contest that his short sponsors contributed another $30m (£21.2m).
In total, those sums would equate to $56.5m (£40m), meaning Mayweather would fall short of the nine-figure projection, although the PPV calculation from Meltzer does not account for international buys. Sky Sports broadcast the fight in the UK for £16.95.
Boxing fans Stateside also encountered difficulties watching coverage of the fight on Sunday, with Showtime’s streaming app crashing on the night.
The contest was aired by the broadcaster in North America and was made available on the streaming app, but swathes of punters were unable to watch.
The American Television network have asked fans to go to their website to request a refund after angry viewers demanded their money back.
Along with other revenue streams, that would equate to a figure of around $56.5million
Mayweather had described the contest as another of his ‘legalised bank robberies’ having raked in a fortune after taking on UFC star Conor McGregor in August 2017.
‘When it comes to legalised bank robbing, I’m the best.’ he told reporters after the fight at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
‘I’m retired from boxing. But I’m not retired from entertainment,’ Mayweather added. ‘Nobody has to watch. Nobody has to pay. Do whatever makes you feel good, and I’m going to do what makes me feel good.’
Mayweather occupies four of the top five spots in the highest-grossing PPV buys in combat sports, with his ‘Fight of the Century’ against Manny Pacquiao topping the list with 4.6m purchases.
Mayweather’s fight with Pacquiao tops the PPV charts with 4.6m buys, dwarfing Sunday’s data