Floyd Mayweather has responded to suggestions that he’s on the exhibition circuit to compensate for financial issues.
Following his latest run out against social media star, Deji, Mayweather was fielding the usual questions about why he was doing it.
After a flawless professional career and a worthy induction into boxing’s Hall of Fame, many fans suggest that fighting – or toying with – non-boxers is hurting Mayweather’s legacy in the sport.
In response to a question about his finances at the post-event press conference, and whether or not he needed these paydays, Mayweather said some things are more important than others, notably ‘currency over legacy’.
“A lot of time people say, ‘Oh, Floyd have to do exhibitions.’ My philosophy is never stop getting [money]. Currency over legacy. Currency over legacy.”
“Believe me, if I don’t ever do another exhibition in my life, I can live a great life.”
So, according to the man himself, it’s not that he needs the cash – it’s that he loves it.
It’s something Mayweather – aptly known as ‘Money’ – stands by. In fact, even in the pre-fight press conference he was offering similar advice to young fighters who looked up to him.
“The advice I give to young fighters, always – make sure you got great defence, and always save your money. It’s not about what you do in the ring. When your career is over, what do you have?
I choose currency over legacy. That’s just my opinion.”
His defence has never been in question, getting him through 50 fights undefeated as a professional. Now, following the Deji exhibition reportedly adding another $30 million to his bank account, the money isn’t either.
Mayweather is expected to continue putting on a show for fans in this way, and he’ll likely never be short of people to do it with – whether that’s sports stars, social media sensations, or even retired fighters like himself.