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Floyd Mayweather’s Career Earnings Exploded After Top Rank

Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks with the media during a news conference Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Las Vegas. Mayweather will face Manny Pacquiao in a welterweight boxing match in Las Vegas on May 2. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks with the media during a news conference Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

 

(Business Insider) – Floyd Mayweather Jr. stands to make well over $100 million in his fight with Manny Pacquiao.

To put that in perspective, Mayweather was the highest-paid athlete in the world in 2014 at $105 million. He’s going to surpass that in a single night.

The reason Mayweather is far and away the highest-paid athlete on earth goes back to a decision he made in 2006.

For the first 10 years of his professional career Mayweather was a part of Bob Arum’s stable of fighters at Top Rank promotion company. During that time he became the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

But in April of 2006 Mayweather turned down the highest purse of his career, $8 million to fight Antonio Margarito, and exercised a provision in his contract that let him become a free agent if he paid Top Rank $750,000.

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