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.
Tony Bellew revealed yesterday that he had broken his hand in the dramatic victory over David Haye. He said he had now "achieved everything I'd got into boxing for" but the cruiserweight world champion could yet be tempted to challenge for a world heavyweight title.
Floyd Mayweather has advised Conor McGregor to fight him and make tens of millions in a boxing match before the Irishman loses in the UFC and fades as one of the hottest properties in combat sports.