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On This Day: Floyd Mayweather and the $12m ‘slave contract’

Jim Brady questioned whether Floyd Mayweather would ever be big box office in 2000
Floyd Mayweather
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TWELVE million dollars for six fights was supposedly “a slave contract,” but Floyd Mayweather begged to be put back into those golden chains.

And after unanimously outpointing Mexico’s mandatory contender Gregorio Vargas to retain his WBC super-featherweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on March 18, 2000, HBO commentator Larry Merchant sneered: “Mayweather’s no $12m fighter.”

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