After all the talk, hype and guarantees, Floyd Mayweather Jr. made his fight with Robert Guerrero very boring…or exciting, depending on your point of view. Mayweather Jr. cruised to a unanimous 12-round decision, which resulted in booing from the 15,688 fans inside MGM Grand Garden Arena. That was even after Mayweather Jr. injured his right hand halfway through the match. It’s safe to say the fans didn’t have Mayweather Jr.’s record-tying earnings on their minds.
After topping Forbe’s list of highest-paid athletes in the world in 2012, Mayweather Jr. is now well on his way to earning that title again in 2013 and this was his first fight in a year. Mayweather Jr. earned $32 million on Saturday night, a record-tying money amount (hence his nickname) for one fight, topping Mike Tyson’s $30 million for the infamous ear-biting title bout with Evander Holyfield in 1997.
Not only that, but ESPN reports Mayweather Jr. will also receive “90 percent of the profit from the event,” so he should easily eclipse the $85 million he earned in 2012 which put him on top of the athlete earnings list.
Of course, fans were disappointed there were no more fireworks after Guerrero’s father, Ruben, called Mayweather Jr. “a woman beater” at the pre-fight news conference and challenged Floyd Mayweather Sr. to a side fight. When all was said and done, it was the Mayweathers who got the last laugh and all the “Money.”