Sunday 25 June 2017

How much? Haye and Bellew's earnings highlight what McGregor v Mayweather could generate

British boxer David Haye (L) walks back to his corner after the round has ended as compatriot Tony Bellew (C) gestures during their heavyweight boxing match at the O2 Arena in London on March 4, 2017. JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
British boxer David Haye (L) walks back to his corner after the round has ended as compatriot Tony Bellew (C) gestures during their heavyweight boxing match at the O2 Arena in London on March 4, 2017. JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

The pay cheques set to be handed out to David Haye and Tony Bellew after their somewhat farcical heavyweight clash last Saturday have been revealed - and they highlight why Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are so keen to meet each other in a boxing ring.

Bellew beat Haye amid chaotic scenes in London, with the outsider finally winning the fight in the 11th round when his stricken opponent was forced to quit.

Haye limped through half of the fight after rupturing his Achilles tendon in the sixth round, while Bellew has confirmed that he broke his hand early in the fight.

Yet the pain suffered by both combatants will be diluted by the revenue generated from a fight that proved to be a big success on Sky Sports’ pay-per-view platform.

Haye is reported to be set to receive a cheque for £4.2m for his efforts, while Bellew will collect the biggest windfall of his career, with his £2.8m set to secure his family’s future for decades to come.

The huge boom for boxing in the UK has been inspired by the masterful promotion of Eddie Hearn, with next month’s world heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium set to take place in front of a record 90,000 crowd.

That record breaking show on April 29th - that will also feature Ireland’s golden girl Katie Taylor - looks set to guarantee Joshua and Klitschko pay cheques in the region of £10m and that kind of sum is the minimum McGregor could expect if he finally signs a deal to fight Mayweather.

While McGregor’s earning in UFC have been impressive over the last few years, a fight with Mayweather could generate up to £100m and guarantee both combatants a huge pay day.

Mayweather is currently in the UK on a speaking tour, with his latest shout out to McGregor confirming this is a fight is he eager to take.

“The difference between me and him is this: He has to fight. If I was him and I was smart, before I lose again in the UFC I’d let Floyd Mayweather kick my a** for a lot of money. It makes business sense,” said Mayweather.

McGregor’s financial fortune will multiply if he steps into the ring with Mayweather and even if some boxing fans have suggested the contest may be something of a ‘freak show’, Haye and Bellew’s earnings confirm that boxing can generate vast income even if the show in the ring is sub-standard.

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