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Floyd Mayweather Jr. Bought Mercedes Benz, Left it at Airport, Forgot All About it

Floyd Mayweather Jr
By Victor Ochieng

Most of us know how Floyd Mayweather Jr. makes his money. But the bottom line is that he’s the highest paid athlete today, earning tens of millions of dollars from just a single fight.

Throughout his career, “Money” Mayweather has marshaled about $420 million from fight purses and Pay-Per-View earnings. In his upcoming fight against Manny Pacquiao, Floyd is likely to make around $150 million, whether he wins or not.

This is why self-declared “The Best Ever” has confidence spending his money.

However, there are many who say that the fighter is living anoverly-lavish lifestyle and is spending his money on a lot of crazy things. Just recently, news came out that the fighter is spending $4,000 every day on food alone ahead of his May 2 fight. While that caught many by surprise, it doesn’t come close to how much he spends on other items to uphold his pompous lifestyle.

In a past interview, Mayweather said that he charters a private jet for his bodyguards whenever he’s traveling because of fear that their weight would pull his jet down. He’s known to carry with him $100,000 in cash whenever he’s traveling, spending loads of cash on luxury cars, renting full hotels during his outings, strippers, betting huge sums on games, and purchasing whatever he wants whenever he wants it.

At one point, Mayweather spent money to purchase a Mercedes with a V-8 engine after he woke up and found out that he had no transportation. He then drove to the airport, parked the car and boarded a plane. Two months later, a discussion about the Atlanta trip came up, and that’s when he remembered that he had left his Mercedes parked at the airport.

Ricki Brazil, a longtime Mayweather friend, says that Mayweather doesn’t work with budgets. He goes for what he wants when he wants it.

Apart from his personal lifestyle, Floyd also spends a lot on charitable causes. He’s supported several foundations, schools, banks, among other organizations. In 2007, Mayweather started his own foundation, The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation, through which he’s carried out several activities.

According to Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, Floyd is looking forward to spending more time on the foundation when he finally retires.

“As an active fighter, it is difficult for him to put as much time and effort into it as he would like,” Ellerbe said. “But he is happy to have it there as an avenue for giving back and for when he retires and his focus can intensify.”

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