For The Love Of “Money” Mayweather
On May 1st, Floyd “Money” Mayweather (40-0, 25 KOs) will step into the ring against “Sugar” Shane Mosley (46-5, 39 KOs) in a fight that’s arguably Mayweather’s toughest test to date. As the current WBA Super World welterweight champion, Mosley looks to be the first to put a blemish on Mayweather’s pristine record. Mosley’s been busy telling anyone who will listen he’ll indeed knock Mayweather out. He’s made it his mission to take out boxing’s proverbial “cash cow” and cement his place in history as one of the greatest fighters of all time.
If you ask Mayweather about the upcoming fight, you won’t hear very much about his place in history or how he will add Mosley to his portfolio. There’s only one thing that truly motivates Mayweather—the dollar bill.
Mayweather held his “Media Day” yesterday at his gym in Las Vegas, NV where he invites reporters out to watch him train for his upcoming fight. Mayweather answered questions from the press regarding Mosley, drug testing, the NBA playoffs and couldn’t help but indulge on his favorite topic of discussion (and no, it’s not Manny Pacquiao).
After revealing the thousands of dollars he’s recently won betting on basketball, Mayweather dove into the topic of how he picks who he will fight next. Critics have long questioned Mayweather facing the stiffest opposition possible in favor of less dangerous fighters. But for Mayweather, it has nothing to do with ducking an opponent because he’s scared. He’s more concerned about how much he will get paid to put his body on the line.
“Before we make any fight I ask ‘What’s the number?’” Mayweather revealed. “Whatever number they name I tell them to put an extra $5 million on there and come back. Then I make the fight happen.”
When Mayweather made his return to the ring last September, many were critical of his choice to fight Juan Manuel Marquez, who pushed Pacquiao to the brink of defeat on two occasions. With dangerous opponents such as Paul Williams, Miguel Cotto and Joshua Clottey available, Mayweather chose the smaller Marquez for his return fight. Ultimately, Marquez had the bigger name and earned “Money” a nice $10 million paycheck.
After the proposed megafight with Pacquiao fell apart, Mayweather was in search of an opponent who had the next biggest draw. That fighter ended up being the one who’s been calling him out since Mayweather defeated Marquez: Shane Mosley.
With his financial security blanket in place, Mayweather looks to take care of business, as usual, on May 1st. Never one to mince words, Mayweather has stated the 38-year-old Mosley is in need of a paycheck and he’ll be more than happy to hand him one, with a butt whipping to boot.
“I’ve made more money in my last two fights than he has in his entire career,” Mayweather said.
If you caught the latest episode of HBO’s 24/7: Mayweather Vs Mosley, you probably also caught Mosley making it a point to let everyone know he’s NOT fighting for the money. He’s fighting to prove he can beat the so-called best. He also said he was a partner in Golden Boy Promotions (the co-promoter for the upcoming fight) and is, in essence, signing Mayweather’s checks.
“If Mosley is writing my checks why would he write me a $40 million check and write himself a $6 million check?” Mayweather said on a subject that seemed to strike a nerve. “Why would you pay someone more than what you are paying yourself? That doesn’t make sense. You’re writing a check to pay me more? Come on!”
Nothing else Mosley has said has made Mayweather so much as blink. When he heard what Shane had to say about his finances, the proverbial gloves were off. Apparently that’s something that “Money” doesn’t toy with.
“I told him (during the press tour) I know he borrowed $2 million from Golden Boy,” Mayweather said when asked what he’s said to Shane that fans and media have yet to hear. “He borrowed $2 million from them. If he’s a partner in that company, why is he giving up 20-percent of his pay? He’s getting like $4 million so now he’s getting around $2.7 million fighting me.”
Mayweather also said he’s figured out why Mosley is so riled up.
“I told him I knew about (Mosley’s ex-wife) Jin getting all that money from the divorce. I also told him I know about the nose job he got. You didn’t know about that, did you?”
All jokes aside, it’s evident that boxing is Mayweather’s business and as long as the money is right, he’s willing to fight. Until somebody can defeat him, nobody can really tell him much else otherwise. He’s the fighter many pay to see lose. Like him or not, he’s yet to be defeated and will continue to laugh his way to the bank, while stepping over other fighter’s carcasses along the way.
“When you’re young, you’re fighting to prove that you’re better than everyone else,” says Mayweather. “Once you’ve done everything you can possibly do and get to this level, it’s about one thing: that paper.”