While preparing for the fight with eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. reportedly kept a duffel bag in his Las Vegas MGM Grand changing room crammed with cash. The bag, nicknamed the “pregnant duffel” by members of Mayweather’s entourage, contained $250,000 — five bundles of banknotes $50,000 each — constantly guarded by members of his entourage. He planned to spend the money at a strip club after winning the fight.
Mayweather won the welterweight title fight Saturday in Las Vegas, with a unanimous decision, maintaining his unbeaten record.
While $250,000 might seem an outrageous sum to spend so frivolously, apologists will point out that the sum was nothing compared with the $200 million he expected to earn for the fight.
Mayweather was reportedly confident that he would win the fight and threw a $250,000 strip club party that an insider described as a “wall-to-wall money and strippers” party with friends, such as Justin Bieber and Jay-Z, attending.
The 38-year-old boxer, currently the world’s highest-earning sportsman, is already notorious for what many consider tastelessly flashy extravagance. With an estimated fortune of $400 million, Mayweather is known to indulge in conspicuous consumption and ostentatious display of his wealth on Twitter and Instagram, showing off expensive jewelry, private jets, and his fleet of expensive cars.
He owns two Gulfstream private jets — a Gulfstream V for his family and a Gulfstream IV for his staff, including bodyguards, a personal barber, a masseur, and incredibly, an attendant who carries his hand sanitizer, according to the Daily Mail.
One of his favorite tricks at his parties is making it literally rain cash.
Several women, including Josie Harris, mother of three of his four children, have accused him of assault. His ex-fiancee Shantel Jackson, recently filed a lawsuit claiming that he pointed a gun at her.
While Pacquiao had five losses out of 64 fights, Mayweather was undefeated in the 47 fights of his professional career.
Mayweather’s “bad guy” image contrasts sharply with his opponent’s. Manny Pacquiao is a national hero in his native Philippines. He was born into abject poverty. But unlike Mayweather, he is known for his good manners, politeness, and modesty. He is also a devout Roman Catholic.
Mayweather was always the favorite to win, many had hoped to see the “good guy” beat the “bad guy.” But in real-life, unlike in the movies, the “good guys” don’t always win.
Mayweather took $200 million, the lion share of the $300 million for the fight, while Pacquiao earned $100 million.