It’s no secret Floyd Mayweather Jr. is obsessed with money.
From boasting about his multi-million dollar mansions, to his lavish car fleet, to his iced out jewelry, to sleeping in beds with bricks of Benjamins for pillows, to wagering hundreds of thousands of dollars on single sporting events, Mayweather’s entire persona revolves around the perception that he has money to burn.
Mayweather’s entourage is even called “The Money Team,” which he has since transformed into a lifestyle brand known as TMT.
Oh, and let’s not forget his nickname used to be “Pretty Boy” before morphing into “Money.”
It’s understandable for someone who has banked roughly $700 million over a flawless boxing career to be consumed with cash. He has a lot of it, and he isn’t shy about letting the world know about it.
Speaking of letting the world know about his finances, it was reported Monday that Mayweather owes the IRS $22.2 million in taxes from 2015. That was the year he pocketed $220 million ($100 million guaranteed and reportedly $120 in pay-per-view revenue) for beating Manny Pacquiao and $32 million for besting Andre Berto.
Mayweather’s attorney asked for an extension to get his taxes in order, as their 40-year-old client is due for another massive payday on August 26.
“Although the taxpayer has substantial assets, those assets are restricted and primarily illiquid,” the petition said, according to the legal website Law360. “The taxpayer has a significant liquidity event scheduled in about 60 days from which he intends to pay the balance of the 2015 tax liability due and outstanding.”
Mayweather claims to have paid Uncle Sam $26 million for 2015, so “what else could they possibly want?”
Well, just like Mayweather is in boxing, Uncle Sam is also undefeated in his line of business. So whatever he wants, he will get.
The question is, how can someone who has made $700 million over a 21-year boxing career not have enough cash available to pay off taxes from just one year?
Sports fans have heard this tragic story a million times over the years, and McGregor was readily available to retell the tale right to Mayweather’s face.
McGregor, the best smacktalker in the game, wasted no time in going for the jugular by shredding Mayweather’s entire persona into 700 million pieces to kick off Tuesday’s four-city world tour.
“He’s in a f*cking tracksuit,” McGregor shouted while donning a ‘F*ck You’ pinstriped suite and staring at Mayweather’s TMT sweatshirt. “He can’t even afford a suit anymore.
“The [Rolls-Royces] are from 2012 outside. He is f*cked!”
Mayweather did his best to save face by stating the fact that he’s the “A-side” for this blockbuster fight, and he will be paid as such. Despite his casual TMT gear, he also boasted that he is what a “nine-figure fighter looks like,” while McGregor in his custom suit is what a “seven or eight-figure fighter looks like.”
And to prove he’s still rolling in the dough, Mayweather had one of his gofers fetch him his $100 million check from the Pacquiao fight, which he claims is still un-cashed. Nobody inside Staples Center believed that, but Uncle Sam certainly has his fingers crossed.
Their global promotional tour resumes today in Toronto.
Round 1: McGregor.