There have been all kinds of rumors and talk in the past about Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. coming to the world of mixed martial arts, though I doubt it will ever happen, especially now.
The undefeated boxing phenom has been offered a whopping $20 million dollars to step into the professional wrestling ring against 7 foot, 430 pound Paul Wight (a.k.a. “The Big Show”). The match will take place at WWE’s Wrestlemania XXIV at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida on March 30.
With this payday, Mayweather has now padded his wallet from such avenues as boxing, network television (Dancing With The Stars), professional wrestling, his own promotions company, and a laundry list of endorsements and sponsors. What does this all mean for MMA? Simply put, if you ever thought that Mayweather was remotely serious about coming to MMA, you were wrong. I don’t think you will ever find someone willing to risk their life for a measly few hundred thousand or even million, when they are getting tens of millions to put on a fairly risk-free theatrical show.
Sure Brock Lesnar took a pay cut coming from the WWE to the UFC, but he’s out to prove something and that is all the motivation he needs (not to mention his paychecks from the UFC are nothing short of a small fortune.) “Money” Mayweather on the other hand is really only concerned with one thing, just take a wild guess at what that is:
“Wrestling takes care of business right on the spotï¿½Whatever they say they’re going to do, they do it right on the spot. There’s no waiting three, four, five months. Quick results, quick money. Quick big money, too.“