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Floyd Mayweather has made MORE than £200Mfrom easy exhibition fights since retiring from boxing

Floyd Mayweather inherited the nickname “money” for a reason, and he’s doing everything he can to bolster that infamous catchphrase, despite officially quitting boxing in 2017.

The former five-weight world champion decided to retire from professional boxing in August 2017, but has yet to hang up his gloves for good. The American has participated in several lucrative exhibitions against YouTuber Logan Paul and Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, among others.

Mayweather returns to the ring on September 25 to take on MMA fighter Mikuru Asakura at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. The exhibition will take place in front of more than 36,000 fans, while those not attending can pay $29.99 (£26.20) to view it remotely.

Fans are outraged at the pay-per-view cost as it surpasses Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte (£24.94) and comes very close to Anthony Joshua’s fight against Oleksandr Usyk (£26.95).

However, Mayweather is not deterred by the criticism. He’s fighting these fights for the money and he’s made that clear. He previously described exhibition fights as “legalized bank robberies” and insisted that he continue to participate in them as long as his body was capable of doing so.

As a result, Sportsmail has looked back at Mayweather’s previous exhibition matches and broken down exactly how much the American boxer has earned over the past five years.

Mayweather Has Been Participating In Exhibitions After Retiring Because It Pays Well

Mayweather Has Been Participating In Exhibitions After Retiring Because It Pays Well

Mayweather takes on MMA fighter Mikuru Asakura in an exhibition match on September 25

Mayweather takes on MMA fighter Mikuru Asakura in an exhibition match on September 25

Mayweather takes on MMA fighter Mikuru Asakura in an exhibition match on September 25

Mayweather vs Tenshin Nasukawa

Mayweather’s exhibition fight with Tenshin Nasukawa was a complete farce. The American boxing legend, who spent most of the fight smiling, punched his opponent three times in the first few minutes before Nasukawa’s corner threw in the towel.

To say Mayweather was not in shape to fight would be unfair, but he was certainly not in his prime. Nevertheless, the former boxer only needed nine minutes to finish the bout.

Mayweather's (right) exhibition fight with Tenshin Nasukawa (left) was a complete farce

Mayweather's (right) exhibition fight with Tenshin Nasukawa (left) was a complete farce

Mayweather’s (right) exhibition fight with Tenshin Nasukawa (left) was a complete farce

Mayweather was 41 years old at the time of the fight, but turned out to be too strong for Nasukawa, who was 21 years his junior. Mayweather’s left hand sent Nasukawa to the canvas for the first time before a right hand to the body and one to the head saw him hit the deck again.

Nasukawa’s team finally threw in the towel after Mayweather’s left hook sent him flying across the ring again. The Japanese fighter was seen crying in his corner as Mayweather celebrated the result.

Mayweather’s reaction after the fight isn’t surprising, considering he made $9 million in just nine minutes of action. That’s $1 million for every 60 seconds he was in the ring. Not bad, huh?

That wasn’t all Mayweather made of the fight, either. He accounted for 80 percent of the pay-per-view sales, earning an extra $26 million.

Mayweather also made an additional $62 million in promotional revenue and is said to have earned an additional $3 million in sponsorship – according to TotalSportal.

The American boxing legend, who spent most of the fight smiling, punched his opponent three times in the first few minutes before Nasukawa's corner threw in the towel

The American boxing legend, who spent most of the fight smiling, punched his opponent three times in the first few minutes before Nasukawa's corner threw in the towel

The American boxing legend, who spent most of the fight smiling, punched his opponent three times in the first few minutes before Nasukawa’s corner threw in the towel

Mayweather vs Logan Paul

Mayweather and Logan Paul took to the ring in a lucrative exhibition fight at Miami Gardens in Florida in June 2021. Mayweather claimed he made $100 million in what was his first fight since retiring in 2017.

The fight was widely criticized as damaging to boxing’s integrity. Many fans felt that Mayweather was unable to floor Paul, making the fight a laughing stock and ruining his reputation as a professional boxer.

Mayweather, however, was not bothered by it. He said, ‘I’m the only person who can do a fake fight and get 100 Ms (millions). ‘Am I the best bank robber? Because I don’t know anyone in the sport my age and can still hang them like that.’

Mayweather and Logan Paul went to the ring in a lucrative exhibition fight in Miami Gardens

Mayweather and Logan Paul went to the ring in a lucrative exhibition fight in Miami Gardens

Mayweather and Logan Paul went to the ring in a lucrative exhibition fight in Miami Gardens

Speaking about how the fight impacted his legacy, Mayweather said, “I’m going to the Hall of Fame. I have nothing to prove.

“If they’re happy with eight rounds of wrestling and holding on, that’s good for them – I hope the fans were happy. I’ve been in this sport for so long, I showed people that at 44 years old I can come out and bring 30,000 to the stadium and bring good pay-per-view figures.

“I’m not going to perform like I was 19, it’s all about growth and aging – I can’t fight like when I fought people like Gatti and people like that.”

The fight between the pair is said to have brought in a million purchases, with the fight selling for $50 each in America. Mayweather would take home 50 percent of those sales — meaning he could have made about $25 million in PPV sales for the eight-round contest.

The fight was widely criticized as damaging to boxing's integrity.  Many fans found Mayweather's inability to floor Paul, making the fight a laughing stock

The fight was widely criticized as damaging to boxing's integrity.  Many fans found Mayweather's inability to floor Paul, making the fight a laughing stock

The fight was widely criticized as damaging to boxing’s integrity. Many fans found Mayweather’s inability to floor Paul, making the fight a laughing stock

Mayweather also reportedly raised an additional $30 million in sponsorship – according to TotalSportal.

Discussing the rationale behind getting into more exhibition fights, Mayweather said, “I can fight a fighter now and I can guarantee myself $35 million.

“In the end, I can probably make $50 million, just for a regular fight. Or me and Logan Paul can go out, entertain, have fun and make nine figures of $100 million or more.

Everyone thinks ‘retired’ means home with your feet up and picking up weight. I prefer to go out, entertain and have fun.

“Just because I’m still going out, entertaining and having fun doesn’t mean I want to fight 12 more rounds.

“I think we have a six-round exhibition. I think it will be very entertaining for the people, I think people will love it. $35 million for 12 rounds or $100 million for six rounds – big difference.”

Mayweather vs Don Moore

Mayweather’s exhibition with Don Moore was a real boxing masterclass. He showed his former sparring partner exactly how to jab and took Moore through eight scorching rounds.

The fight was originally scheduled for Saturday, May 14, but the death of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan forced it to be postponed due to a period of national mourning.

Mayweather's (left) exhibition with Don Moore was a complete boxing masterclass

Mayweather's (left) exhibition with Don Moore was a complete boxing masterclass

Mayweather’s (left) exhibition with Don Moore was a complete boxing masterclass

That’s why they stepped into the ring on September 21 – opposite each other in Abu Dhabi instead of on the helipad on top of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.

Mayweather started the first round by judging his opponent’s abilities. He got up and let Moore approach him. The second round brought exemplary footwork and a combination of deadly left jabs.

Moore tried to respond, but simply ducked under the oncoming gauntlet and fired back with a shot of his own. Not only demoralizing for Moore, but also a little embarrassing.

In the fourth and fifth rounds, Mayweather really started turning the screw in a way that became so synonymous with his career. By the sixth, it was clear that Moore was struggling to hold on.

By the seventh and eighth, Moore had fallen to the canvas, not directly from a Mayweather punch, but more from the barrage of stings the American had unleashed on him.

By the seventh and eighth, Moore had fallen to the canvas, not directly from a Mayweather punch, but more from the barrage of stings the American had unleashed on him.

By the seventh and eighth, Moore had fallen to the canvas, not directly from a Mayweather punch, but more from the barrage of stings the American had unleashed on him.

By seventh and eighth, Moore had fallen to the canvas, not directly from a Mayweather punch, but more from the barrage of jabs the American had unleashed on him from about the second round.

There was no official result at the end of the fight, but it was clear Mayweather had taken Moore to the cleaners.

Mayweather’s efforts in the ring saw him earn about 80 percent from pay-per-view sales – about $60,000. Mayweather was also entitled to a guaranteed $9 million grant prior to the fight.