Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the sport of boxing’s biggest star and arguably the greatest technical boxer of all-time. But what puts him in a class of his own is his promotional companyMayweather Promotions. Mayweather’s business savvy, promotional accume and technical boxing brilliance have led to him being the highest paid athlete in the worldearning an astonishing $105 million last year.

That’s crazy money considering he only had to fight twice to earn the nine-figure payday. But Mayweather is not satisfied with just being the king of the boxing ring as he has plans to get involved with the sport of mixed martial arts; not to compete, but to promote and bring MMA fighters the kind of paydays the sport is lacking.

“I look forward to putting on my first MMA show and also having some MMA champions,” Mayweather recently told Ben Thompson of Fight Hype. “Like I said before, Floyd Mayweather loves to think outside the box. We’re not just one-dimensional. We’re very versatile and we have an open mind. When I get into the MMA game, I want them to make more money than they’re making because from what I hear, they’re not being treated fair. Once again, I don’t have nothing to say about nobody. I’m only talking about what I’m here to do. I’m here to treat fighters fair, I’m here to treat MMA fighters fair, and I feel that the talent should win.”

Fighter pay has long been a topic of interest because MMA fighters as a whole are the most underpaid professional athletes in the world. Even the top fighters in the sport make paltry figures when compared to the biggest stars in other sports.

The simple fact of the matter is that if MMA wants to continue its meteoric rise, the paydays are going to have to step up. The world’s best athletes expect to be compensated for putting their bodies on the line, and MMA will not attract the best in the world until the sport is willing to pay.

Mayweather understands that better than most; they don’t call him “Money” for nothing. He understands that without fighters, the sport could not exist, and that is the ultimate bargaining chip. Money talks and Mayweather has the cash, experience and connections to attract fighters to him.
Mayweather has a great relationship with Showtime and CBS; broadcasting companies who have dipped their toes into the MMA waters in the past. On paper, Mayweather has the appearance of a game-changer in MMA, but that doesn’t always translate into success.
Many big money men have tried to promote MMA and they have failed miserably. Even Donald Trump’s golden touch couldn’t make him relevant in the sport. But unlike those money men, Mayweather already has credibility in the world of combat sportsboth as a fighter and as a promoter.

The sport of boxing is plagued with problems, but Mayweather has been able to navigate those troubled waters to find unimaginable success. He is someone MMA fighters should want on their side and he should be welcomed into the fold.

If Mayweather is sincere about crossing over into MMA, he could change the landscape of the sport forever.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.

  • christopher

    Mayweather is cleary looking to profit off of this move rather than get the fighters better pay. He likely doesn’t give a shit about mma as a sport, he just sees an opportunity to make money in a sport that isn’t plagued with the nonsense of boxing. Nothing wrong with that logic just don’t bullshit about it.