Opinion | Sep 09 2015

Has Floyd Mayweather’s Showtime contract been a success?

Examining the successes and failures of Floyd Mayweather's contract so far
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WHETHER or not Floyd Mayweather fights again after beating Andre Berto on Saturday night is up for debate, but one thing is certain: his money-spinning six-fight, 30-month, contract with Showtime/CBS will have reached its end.

Mayweather has delivered fights the fans wanted in the shape of Manny Pacquiao and Saul Alvarez showdowns, but has faced criticism for the other outings. The broadcasting giants, who have shelled out hundreds of millions of dollars to the now 38-year-old, will only ever say that the agreement was a success, and Mayweather’s astonishing wealth would suggest he’s been happy with the deal too.

In May 2012, Floyd appeared to be exhibiting the early signs of physical decline against Miguel Cotto in an entertaining light-middleweight tussle. Mayweather thoroughly deserved his 12-round decision win, but there were fleeting moments during the contest that seemed to prove that the Las Vegas resident may not have long left. He claimed afterwards that the entertainment, and the brief exchanges, were a consequence of wanting to please the fans. Few bought this explanation.