Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Waiting Game Pays off for Mayweather

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Waiting Game Pays off for Mayweather

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LAS VEGAS * His middle name is Money, or at least it used to be before Floyd Mayweather Jr. stopped flashing $100,000 wads of cash every time he saw a camera.

That doesn't mean money is ever very far from his mind. Certainly not now, when he's the richest man in the richest fight ever.

Mayweather has spent as much time this week talking about the mansion in Las Vegas, the home in Miami and the private jet that seats 14 than he has about Manny Pacquiao. He even figured out the math when it comes to dividing it up among his kids.

"Let's say I make $200 million," Mayweather said. "That means my kids for this fight will get $50 million apiece. I think I made a smart move."

Indeed, Mayweather proved a smart businessman in signing for a fight that will probably earn him $180 million or more. But the smartest thing he may have done was delay the fight five years so it would be must-see TV, even at a record price of $99.95.

"Five years ago this was a $50 million fight for me," Mayweather said, "and a $20 million fight for him."

The frenzy for the boxing's biggest event of the century continued to build Wednesday, even if the two fighters themselves were very subdued. They appeared at a final prefight news conference with nothing bad to say about each other and couldn't even bring themselves to scowl for pictures.

If the past five years were personal, with the two camps trading barbs, the fight itself is not. Pacquiao will be fighting for his legacy and a country desperate for him to win, while Mayweather will be fighting to add to his already substantial bank accounts.

That was apparent when Mayweather was asked if being undefeated was the biggest motivation for him.

"At the end of the day my daughter can't eat no zero," Mayweather said. "She can't spend a boxing ring."

Money shouldn't be a problem for the Mayweather family after this fight. Not with total revenue of some $300 million and possibly more if the pay-per-view is the hit that network executives privately think it will be.

Mayweather won't be the only one getting rich. Pacquiao will also share in the $120 million or so his side will pocket for the fight, beginning with a $25 million check from promoter Bob Arum the night of the fight. …

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