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Floyd Mayweather is likely to fall short of making $100million for his bout with Logan Paul.
Paul took Mayweather the eight-round distance on Sunday night in an exhibition bout as the YouTube star clung on to hear the final bell.
Noted American journalist Dave Meltzer, whose metrics for calculating pay-per-view sales are renowned in industry circles, has estimated the event did somewhere between 600,000 and 650,000 buys, not accounting for streaming.
With Mayweather reportedly earning 50 per cent of the sales for the event, even the highest estimates would mean that he would only take home around $16.5m, while he was said to have been paid a flat fee of $10m to appear.
He has also claimed that his shorts sponsors paid around $30m, which means that ultimately he would have made around $56.5m, falling far short of the $100m he claimed he would make.
“I can fight a fighter right now and guarantee myself $35 million," he told 'The Disruptive Entrepeneur' in March. "Eventually, I can probably make $50 million, right? It’s just a regular fight.
Floyd Mayweather enjoyed another huge pay-day – but not as big as he'd hoped
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"Or me and Logan Paul and a YouTuber can go out and have fun and make nine figures, $100 million or more.”
Meltzer's estimate, however, doesn't take into account international buys, such as the Sky Sports Box Office pay-per-view, or the sales made on streaming service Fanmio, where many of Paul's fans would have bought the event.
Initially, Showtime Boxing were not involved, and the fight was scheduled for late February with Fanmio as the sole distributors of the bout charging $25, which went up to $50 after a particular date in December last year.
And they reportedly sold a sizeable number of those, although they had to refund a number of customers when the fight was put in jeopardy following the February postponement.
However, $56.5m for an eight-round exhibition in which he barely broke a sweat and was hardly touched is still a huge pay-day for Mayweather, who claimed the fight was a 'legalised bank robbery' for him.
“When it comes to legalised bank robbing," he told reporters at the post-fight press conference at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. "I’m the best.”
“I’m retired from boxing. But I’m not retired from entertainment,” Mayweather continued. “Nobody has to watch. Nobody has to pay. Do whatever makes you feel good, and I’m going to do what makes me feel good.”
Paul will now head back to Puerto Rico with his payday, which is expected to be in the region of $10m when you factor in sponsors, his $250,000 reported base pay and the reported 10 per cent of pay-per-view sales.
He has set up a private training base in Dorado, where he will help prepare his brother Jake for his fight with Tyron Woodley on August 28, alongside Jake's trainer BJ Flores.