LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather won “the money fight” on Saturday and is now poised to enter a new arena: the billionaire athletes club.
Mayweather is expected to bring in over $300 million for his fight against Conor McGregor, the MMA fighter he beat in 10 rounds.
The boxing superstar — he now boasts a 50-0 record — has already grossed a reported $700 million in his career from fight purses, which include money from pay-per-view sales, ticket sales and fight endorsements.
After this fight, Mayweather should join Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods as the first three athletes to make more than $1 billion, said Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions.
“I don’t think he’s done too bad in his career,” Ellerbe added.
Jordan made more than $93 million over his career, according to salary tracker Spotrac. However, he had several lucrative endorsement deals, including a lifetime deal with Nike.
Tiger Woods was also on the exclusive list, at least for a time.
In 2009, Forbes estimated that his winnings and endorsement deals made Woods a billionaire.
But his stock has fallen in recent years. Woods hasn’t won a major tournament since 2008.
And a high-profile sex scandal caused some sponsors to walk away from him. Forbes estimated his net worth at $740 million in 2016.
One athlete who’s made it very clear he wants into the club: LeBron James.
The NBA player seems to be well on his way. He’s made millions over his playing career and has signed lucrative endorsements, including a lifetime deal with Nike in 2015. And he’s also befriended billionaire investor Warren Buffett.
James’ high school friend and business partner, Maverick Carter, told CNNMoney in 2007 that James’ billion-dollar goal hinged on his investments more than his playing income or endorsement deals.