Monday, 18 May 2015

Why Mayweather Needs to Fight in the UK Before He Retires

Does Money Go To The UK In 2016?

Floyd Mayweather has repeatedly stated he will be retiring after his farewell bout in September. This is going against one of Floyd’s longtime wishes of fighting in the UK, in front of his British fans. Floyd is a very popular fighter in the UK and he draws large crowds. One of his previous trips to Britain led to Floyd training in front of large crowds, which easily numbered in the thousands. The logistics of fighting in the UK and specifically at Wembley against a UK fighter are mind boggling.

Carl Froch earnt $13 Million US for his rematch with George Groves. Floyd Mayweather would sell out Wembley stadium within an hour or so, if future bouts with Amir Khan or Kell Brook came to fruition. The tickets would also be priced 3 or 4 times higher than the Froch vs Groves tickets. Now assuming the average ticket for a future bout between Floyd and Khan or Floyd and Brook is $500, which is normal for Mayweather fights. The total gate could get close to $50 million US. The purse could be much higher considering how expensive Floyd’s ringside, tier 1 and tier 2 seatings are priced.  

How large is that figure? That could potentially lead to the 2nd largest gate of all time. In my opinion it would also do a similar gate to a potential Mayweather vs Pacquiao rematch would do. There are other marketing opportunities for Floyd in the UK which people in the business will be able to go into further.

But the fact of the matter remains that Mayweather is a huge draw in the UK. If you pair him with a UK champion such as Amir Khan or Kell Brook, you are looking at another large purse for Mayweather. Could his total earnings for a bout like this pass $100 million? That purse could easily get that large. And by fighting Amir Khan or Kell Brook, Mayweather can easily demand 90% of the purse, which makes such a bout a lot more appealing. 

Regardless of Floyd's intentions of retiring in September. It's important to remember his nickname is 'Money' and he has a lot of money left to make. 

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