Boxer turned promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr has spoken out on Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez’s big money deal with streaming service DAZN that will reported earn the Mexican superstar $365 million for 11 fights over a five-year period.
The 41-year-old Mayweather, who returned from retirement last year to face UFC star Conor McGregor in a big-money boxing match, previously brokered a six-fight deal with broadcaster Showtime believed to contain a $300 million guarantee plus substantial pay-per-view upside. It was at the time touted as the biggest individual deal in sports history.
Mayweather, who outboxed a 23-year-old Alvarez in a catchweight bout for the WBC and WBA junior middleweight titles in Las Vegas in 2013 to claim a majority decision victory, seems is keen to keep that record.
“#TBT It didn’t matter if Canelo ate his PED steak or not this night,” the currently retired boxer posted on his Instagram account, referring to Alvarez’s recent drug ban.
“This was by far the easiest fight of my career! Connor McQuitter was a way better fighter than Canelo’s cheating ass and I beat the brakes off him too!
“It takes me 36 mins or less to make $300 million plus.
“It literally takes me 1 night and 1 fight to make what you might make in 5 years and 11 fights! So really, who’s still winning? You do the math!”
Mayweather has recently been back in the spotlight with talks of a return to the sport to face another of his rivals, Manny Pacquiao, in late 2019.
The Vegas-based, Grand Rapids boxer has indicated he is prepared to face another UFC fighter, Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov, who is coming off a career-best win over McGregor in the Octagon earlier this month.
Mayweather remains the only boxer to have defeated Alvarez.