For a boxing nickname, Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s fits like an eight-ounce glove. The fighter known as Money makes more of it than any other athlete in the world. If, as expected, he fights twice a year, Mayweather will earn in the (decidedly upscale) neighborhood of $100 million. This is mostly because of an unprecedented Showtime deal that guarantees him $32 million per fight before the first pay-per-view buy is tabulated—the richest contract ever in sports.
But Mayweather also spends money as prodigiously as he earns it. There are the fleets of luxury cars. There's the private plane. There are the gambling sprees, small fortunes lost and gained on, say, the halftime scores of Horizon League games. It was 50 Cent, Mayweather's frenemy, who summed up Money's financial planning this way: "It's fight, get the money, spend the money, fight. Fight, get the money, spend the money, fight."
Not so, says Mayweather. On the eve of his May 4 win over Robert Guerrero—an easy decision that pushed Mayweather's record to 44--0—he sparred with SI on the topic of his finances.
I want to talk about money.
FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR.:
Well, let's talk about it.
You're Number 1 on our Fortunate 50 list, ahead of LeBron, Kobe, Tiger, the Mannings—
FM: Tiger Woods, LeBron James, all the guys you just named, all of them are amazing athletes. It's really not about the money.
In this case it is about the money.