SAN DIEGO, September 20, 2014 – Billionaire investor Warren Buffett had one of the best seats in the house at the MGM Grand Arena to see the rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana on Saturday, September 13.
Mayweather and Buffett have a lot in common: a lot of dollar bills, that is. Mayweather made just shy of $100,000 per punch landed in his unanimous decision win over Maidana from the purse alone, reported to be $32 million. He’ll make more from his promoter’s fee and his cut of the pay per view revenue as part of his deal with Showtime.
If you didn’t contribute to that payday by purchasing the pay per view, you can see the fight tonight in Showtime’s replay, airing at 9 p.m. ET on its regular main network. The final episode of “All Access” featuring Mayweather and Maidana will air after the bout at 10:45 p.m. ET including new footage behind the scenes on fight night.
Watch closely in Round 8 for a “just when you think you’ve seen everything” moment. While trying to escape a clench by Mayweather, Maidana appears to bite Mayweather’s glove. Mayweather said later his fingers were numb for the rest of the fight. It didn’t change the outcome of the fight.
No one can win the game of ring generalship with Mayweather. The judges rewarded Mayweather for his command and efficiency. Bruno Cavalleri of Italy had it 115-112; John McKaie and Dave Moretti both scored it 116-111.
Mayweather said he felt sharper in his first fight with Maidana. “I give myself a C, C-minus, I was real dry tonight. I know I’m better than that.”
What’s next for the top pound for pound boxer in the world? Will fans ever see Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao? After the fight, Mayweather said, “I’m going to go back and talk to my team and see what we can assess… I’m not ducking or dodging no opponent. If a Manny Pacquiao fight can be made let’s make it happen… Manny Pacquiao needs to focus on the guy in front of him. Then we can talk about what the future holds.”
Since then, Pacquiao said in interviews with Filipino news media that Mayweather is “all talk,” and instead of “blabbing” he should face Pacquiao the ring, asserting he is ready and willing anytime.
The immediate problem isn’t the fighters, it’s the business of boxing. Mayweather is signed to the Showtime network; Pacquiao is signed to rival HBO. Mayweather will insist the fight air on Showtime and be promoted by his own company. Bob Arum’s Top Rank promotes Pacquiao. Arum and Golden Boy Promotions chief Oscar De La Hoya say they are talking, even appearing in an interview together on the HBO program “The Fight Game” earlier this week.
If there is a thaw in the promoter cold war, it’s possible the networks would fall in line. Showtime and HBO have co-broadcast pay per view events before. The last time was in 2002, when the pair collaborated on the Mike Tyson vs. Lennox Lewis bout.
Pacquiao has to beat Chris Algieri first on November 22 in Macau. Meanwhile, the easier deal to make and one that makes more sense is with British boxer Amir Khan. Khan can only fight Mayweather in the spring, because he observes Ramadan in September when Mayweather likes to stage his second fight in the year. Khan brings a big fan base in the UK; it’s even possible the pair might agree to fight in London’s Wembley Stadium which would be Mayweather’s first professional fight outside the United States, and his first fight outside Las Vegas since 2005. Even Mayweather’s Olympic Games appearance was in the U.S., in the Atlanta games in 1996.
An outside possibility is rising welterweight star Keith “One Time” Thurman. Mayweather could dictate terms with Thurman, but Thurman doesn’t have the fan base yet of Khan, meaning more risk for less money, and that’s not Money’s objective.
Then assuming the stars align, we could see Mayweather vs. Pacquiao at the end of 2015, which is also potentially Mayweather’s last fight if he retires in 2016 after his Showtime deal is completed.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google+
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