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The Story Of How Fighter Ended Up Earning More Than Floyd Mayweather Despite Losing To Him

The Story Of How Fighter Ended Up Earning More Than Floyd Mayweather Despite Losing To Him

Floyd Mayweather was given the nickname 'Money' for a reason and being the "a-side", always collected a big, handsome pay cheque whenever he stepped into the squared circle.

For a while now, Mayweather has regularly earned more than his opponents but that wasn't the case back in 1998 when he fought Angel Manfredy.

In his 19th professional fight, Mayweather beat Manfredy to make the first defence of his WBC super featherweight title at the Miccosukee resort in Miami, Florida.

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It was a huge bout staged just days before Christmas and was shown live on HBO. Manfredy, who had previously emerged victorious over Arturo Gatti, was well beaten and stopped by Mayweather in the second round after a flurry of combinations.

However, Manfredy actually ended up receiving a more lucrative pay packet than Mayweather despite the defeat.

Years later, in 2017, he told Boxing News that he made $1 million from his biggest and most high-profile fight. But he was actually paid in three installments because Mayweather would not have agreed to the fight if he was being paid less.

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Manfredy, who used wear a devil mask with horns to the ring, wanted a rematch with Mayweather but never got one.

"(Mayweather) is one of the greats," Manfredy reflected an interview with RingTV.

"But when HBO offered the fight, I said, 'Who the hell is that? I'll fight him.' They said, '130.' I said, 'I can't make 130.' They said, 'A million dollars.' I said, 'Let me think about that.' I depleted myself.

"It was a good fight. HBO said Mayweather won the first round, but I doubt he won the first round. The second round, he caught me with a shot and surprised me.

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"The first thing that came into my mind was defense. He kept on swinging - missing a lot - and they stopped the fight. I cussed out the referee. I told Mayweather to give me a rematch. He said he would, but he never did."

After the Mayweather defeat, he bested Ernesto Benitez, Ivan Robinson and Luis Alfonso Lizarraga before unsuccessfully challenging for Stevie Johnston's WBC lightweight title.

The Puerto Rican-American fighter retired in 2004 with a professional record of 43 wins, eight losses and one draw from 52 fights.

Topics: Boxing News, Boxing, Floyd Mayweather

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