Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been the highest-paid athlete in the world for quite some time now and he thinks MMA fighters can get similar payouts. According to Forbes, Georges St. Pierre made $12 million in 2013, making him the highest-paid MMA fighter. This was an was outstanding payout, but rare for MMA and lacks in comparison to Floyd’s $105 Million in 2014 (as of June.) Today’s top MMA fighters aren’t breaking the million dollar mark and Mayweather would like to change that.
Mayweather told Fight Hype that his Mayweather Promotions company will be expanding into MMA.
“I look forward to putting on my first MMA show also and having me some MMA champions. Like I said before, Floyd Mayweather loves to think outside the box. We’re not just one-dimensional. We’re very versatile and we have an open mind. When I get into the MMA game, I want them to make more money than they’re making because from what I hear, they’re not being treated fair. Once again, I don’t have nothing to say about nobody. I’m only talking about what I’m here to do. I’m here to treat fighters fair, I’m here to treat MMA fighters fair, and I feel that the talent should win.”
This is a nice move from someone who has been labeled as selfish and self-centered and although he does refer to himself in the 3rd person, his words sound sincere. History has shown that when Mayweather puts his mind to something, it gets accomplished and that is great news if you’re an up-and-coming MMA fighter. Having announced his plans for retirement in 2015, it appears that Mayweather will be pushing his production company to chase the exponentially growing market in MMA in a post-fight career.
It’s all about money for Mayweather, but at least this time it’s about making other people money.