Floyd Mayweather portrayed two distinct characters in his boxing career—Pretty Boy Floyd and Floyd “Money” Mayweather. Now, as he enters the post-boxing stage of his life, he’s taking on another: Floyd Mayweather, business guru.
An undefeated 12-time world boxing champion in five different weight classes with a 50-0 record, Mayweather is also a cash-generating machine. His 2017 crossover fight with UFC icon Conor McGregor earned him a payday well in excess of his $100 million guarantee (and that doesn’t count the $25 million he picked up for sponsorships on his trunks, robe, hat, and other attire). In 2015, by one estimate, he earned about $66,000 per second in the ring.
Mayweather’s success in the boxing world brought him a level of celebrity status that few can achieve. Still, Mayweather’s star dimmed considerably in 2012 when he served 90 days in jail on a misdemeanor related to domestic abuse. Allegations of abuse had shadowed the athlete for years. Some critics argued that Mayweather should be barred from the sport—but with no publicly available photos of the victim, no central organization in charge of the boxing world, and Mayweather’s immense box office and pay-per-view draw, nothing came of it before the boxer retired after the McGregor fight in August 2017.
With boxing seemingly behind him, Mayweather is looking to put his money to work. At this year’s CES, the annual technology trade show in Las Vegas, Mayweather announced plans to open Mayweather Boxing + Fitness, a series of gymnasiums that utilize the champ’s routines for boxing-based fitness classes. The classes will include a virtual reality workout experience that is said to burn up to 300 calories in 20 minutes