FLOYD ‘MONEY’ MAYWEATHER gears up for his rematch with the big-hitting Marcos Maidana next Saturday night, live on Showtime in the USA, and BoxNation in the UK.
The world’s best pound-for-pound fighter will share the ring again with the Argentine, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, as he looks to prove that he is still boxing’s top dog.
Over the years, Mayweather has captured the imagination of the sporting public, not merely from his dazzling performances inside the ring, but also from his lavish and extravagant lifestyle away from the squared circle.
The unbeaten Michigan born fighter, with a record of 46-0, has reported to have grossed over $350m during his 18-year fight career.
Ahead of his highly anticipated ring return on September 13th, BoxNation delves into the money man’s taste for the finer things in life and gives an insight into how Mayweather spends some of his hard earned cash:
Mayweather turned professional in 1996 taking on the little known Roberto Apodaca. However, as a treat for entering the paid ranks the then 19-year-old bought himself a 1996 Mercedes-Benz S600, a car which he still owns to this day.
It will come as no real shock that the prizefighter now owns a fleet of exotic cars, so many in fact he has his own collection for whichever city he is in. He has a Las Vegas collection, for his main residence, a Miami collection, when sunning himself in his favourite holiday destination, a Los Angeles collection and various others throughout the United States.
The superstar’s favourite cars include his three Bugatti’s – which come in at over £1.5m each – a Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari 599 GTB and a Rolls Royce Drophead Phantom.
When he doesn’t fancy driving any of those he has a bunch of other vehicles that he whizzes around in, including a Lexani Motorcar, blinged up vans, SUVs and even his own bus!
Whenever he sees a watch he likes the welterweight ace says he just buys it. We’re not talking your run-of-the mill Casio watches here, we’re talking watches that cost more than your average house – and the car that goes with it.
The 11-time world champion has a Piaget Galaxy worth $1 million, a Jacob & Co. Rainbow Tourbillon worth $2 million and an Audemar Piguet Royal Oak worth $1.3 million, just to name a few.
Mayweather likes to refer to his cars as his ‘toys’ and his costly collection of watches as his ‘wrist toys’. Everything he has he says represents ‘the best of the best’ – at those sorts of prices he’s right about that one.
Mayweather has a host of properties that he owns and rents including those in New York, Los Angeles and Miami. In fact, the reigning world champion recently sold his spectacular Miami condo worth an estimated $2.6m.
His main residence, however, is in the desert of Las Vegas where he kicks back in his four-story 22,000 square-foot property known simply as the ‘Big Boy Mansion’ that includes a pool that overlooks the Nevada landscape, a full-size movie theatre – with his own private balcony, and rooms adorned with the finest Italian marble and granite.
Everything about his $9m house screams luxury, with no expenses spared even when it comes to minute things such as the shower heads in the bathrooms which he insists have to be ‘top of the line’.
When at work Mayweather is confined to a 22ft ring so there’s no doubt he appreciates the extra space when he gets back home to his seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms!
Mayweather is reported to own a Gulfstream G-V private jet worth $45m.
The 96ft long aircraft can seat up to 18 people and is used by the American boxer when he is engaging in his promotional tours ahead of his bouts.
His entourage, which includes bodyguards over 7ft, fly on a separate plane because Mayweather is fearful of having too much weight in the cabin.
The 37-year-old once had $7m worth of jewellery stolen from one of his Las Vegas houses.
Mayweather is undoubtedly the ‘King of Bling’ and has an unrivalled collection of jewels which include gold chains, diamond encrusted rings and platinum bracelets.
During the press tour ahead of his first bout with Maidana, the slick megastar spent close to $250,000 in 20 minutes buying his 13-year-old daughter a pair of earrings and a necklace – that was before the real business began when he started haggling with staff over $3.5m worth of jewellery to take home following his promotional escapades.