Paul fought ring legend Mayweather in an eight-round exhibition fight last June and the YouTube star still claims he has not been fully paid since the bout
Paul went eight rounds with Mayweather in their exhibition fight last June. Although no official winner was announced, former five-weight world champion Mayweather outlanded Paul despite throwing over less than 100 hundred punches than ‘The Maverick’.
The fight was a big hit on pay-per-view, selling over one million buys. Mayweather boasted about earning £52m from the fight whilst Paul was guaranteed £14m, but he claimed that the boxing legend still owes him money.
“Pay me my money you f****** cornball of a human,” Paul wrote in an Instagram story last December whilst tagging Mayweather. The 27-year-old later explained that unprofessional people handling the money was the reason for him not being paid.
“It’s honestly bull****, [Having] people who aren’t a professional promotional company controlling where the money goes… we made that mistake,” he told TMZ.” But it’s Floyd Mayweather, so before we fought him we were kind of willing to do whatever [and] after the fact we’re shooting ourselves in the foot because he’s a f****** s***bag.”
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Mayweather later refuted Paul’s claim by telling him to be patient. The boxing legend cited fights from over seven years ago that he has still not been fully paid for as evidence that fight purses can take a long time to be processed.
“This comes with the territory,” Mayweather told The Pivot Podcast . “To them, that’s real money, and I like the YouTubers. The money on the back end though, from pay-per-view, that takes a while. Nothing comes right away.
“I’m still collecting cheques from fights seven or eight years ago. They just hate when the table is turned. Be happy with the biggest payday you ever got in your life.”
But Paul was sceptical about Mayweather’s comments. As a Youtuber, he is unfamiliar with the payment schedule in boxing but believes that fighters should be paid right after their fight. Paul admits that he became aware of the pay issue three months after the fight.
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“I’ve not been paid in full, that is a fact,” he said on The MMA Hour in February. “We’re just trying to collect what is rightfully ours. He came out and said this is the name of the game, this is how it works in boxing but I don’t know if it is, I don’t know if that’s true.
“I think after you fight you should get paid, it doesn’t take this long to count the money. For the longest time I bit my f****** tongue. We heard it every week, ‘The money’s coming next week, the money’s coming next week’.
“Three months in I realised the money’s not coming next week, so I’m offended and I’ve been lied to. I never thought I’d be the ‘Where’s the money?’ guy, but the only way to get this guy to move is to pipe up and embarrass him. It feels unfair and I just want to make things right.”