American boxer Floyd Mayweather has defended his decision to do exhibition fights after retiring and reminded the world that he made 750 million dollars in just three fights.
The 45-year-old has claimed to have made over a billion dollars in total in his career to date. It has been a long journey and he recalls that things changed for him when he took a gamble on himself.
Mayweather was with Top Rank but bought out his contract in 2006 in order to go it alone and promote himself. The 750,000-dollar gamble paid off for Money Mayweather as he went on to make the big bucks and he continues to be a box office hit.
“A lot of time people say, ‘Oh, Floyd have to do exhibitions.’ My philosophy is never stop getting it. Currency over legacy. Currency over legacy,” said Mayweather.
“I invested in myself, remember I was with a company, I don’t have to say the company’s name, but I was with this company for a very long time.
“As soon as I bought myself out of my contract for 750,000 dollars, I left and in my first fight, I made crazy money when I was my own boss.”
Those three money-spinning fights were against fellow big names Canelo Alvarez, Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor. Finding the right people to work with and having the humility to work with others is the key, in his opinion.
“In three fights, Canelo, Pacquiaoand McGregorI made 750 million dollars just in three fights,” said Mayweather.
“So, it’s just all about just being smart, playing chess in the real world, and surrounding yourself with great people and people that believe in you and believe in your goals.
“Always know that you’re not the only smart person in the room. Surround yourself with smart, intelligent people, and always know there is no limit to how far we can go and how far we can grow.”