Mayweather was paid $1 million for holding his press conference with upcoming exhibition opponent Don Moore after clashing with protégé Gervonta Davis’ opening press event to promote his fight with Rolando Romero
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Floyd Mayweather was paid $1 million for holding a press conference for his exhibition fight after threatening not to show up due to a clash with Gervonta Davis’ event.
The boxing legend returns to the ring against former undefeated fighter Don Moore on a helipad at the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai on May 14. He spoke to Moore during a press conference last week to promote the event, which is also attended by former UFC star Anderson Silva.
Mayweather admitted he accepted the promoter’s decision to hold the press conference on the same day that Davis – who is signed to Mayweather’s label – addressed the media ahead of his own upcoming fight. “It wasn’t my idea; I didn’t want the press conference to be on the same day (as Davis’ press conference),” Mayweather said FightHype. “So they said, ‘We’re going to pay you a million dollars so we can make sure you can do it.’ I didn’t want to do it on Thursday…so we did it on Thursday.
“Anderson Silva had to fly out of Miami. So we couldn’t do the press conference on any other day. They said, ‘We’ll pay you $1 million for this.’ I said, ‘No problem.’ That’s enough to support my family.” People will always say it’s always divide and conquer.
“I’ve always wanted the best for every fighter that’s under the PBC banner and the Mayweather promotions banner. They’ve never seen me push harder than for my fighters when they go out there.”
Mayweather was scheduled to face YouTube star Money Kicks in February but talks broke down after Mayweather announced the event during a media event earlier this year. His new opponent Moore won 18 of his 19 fights as a pro but never faced a fighter with a winning record, leading to widespread criticism of the 50-0 star.
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The American legend has already fought Japanese kickboxer Tenshin and the YouTube star in two shows Logan Paul last June, but his latest test is now coming to the posh Middle East location via pay-per-view. Mayweather has now responded to criticism of the opponent, which suggests the allegations contain a racist element.
“[I’m going to] pick up a few bucks,” he said in a video shared on social media. “They’re upset because I’m smart, I kept all my skills and made a lot of smart investments. When great people like Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, the Waltons, the owners of Walmart and Walgreens, when they get money in their 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, even 90’s, that’s fine.
“But when a young kid like me, from downtown, from the ghetto … I’ve been able to work my way up and get out of boxing on my own terms and keep all my skills and all my money, they’re upset that I’m there.” get out there and keep making $50 or $60 million outside of the ring. You mustn’t get upset, that’s what God wanted.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/boxing/floyd-mayweather-exhibition-moore-boxing-26695726 Floyd Mayweather was paid $1 million to hold a press conference for an exhibition fight