How Floyd Mayweather makes and spends his millions

Nearly two years have passed since his last competitive bout, but Floyd Mayweather Jr. remains as polarising as ever.

On August 26, the former five-division world champion will make his long-awaited return to the ring to take on UFC superstar Conor McGregor. Mayweather is expected to come out on top, but stranger things have happened between the ropes.

The actual fighting, however, is just one part of the equation  —  fans will be tuning in for the personalities as much as the punches. Mayweather’s outspoken demeanour, prolific trash talking, and unabashed love of money make him one of the most talked-about figures in sports, and whether those words are positive or negative, they all serve to boost his bottom line.

Check out how Mayweather has accumulated his fortune over the years, as well as how he spends some of that money away from the ring.

It was the start of a terrific career. In 49 professional fights, Mayweather has never lost, recording 26 knockouts along the way.

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He still sets his own terms and continues to reap the benefits.

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By 2010, Mayweather had won 41 professional fights and was among the most prominent athletes on the planet. Thanks to his fights with Marquez and Shane Mosley, he made $65 million in the span of one year.

Source: Forbes

He's never been shy about his staggering wealth...

...or about spending it in outrageous ways. He once dropped a combined $6.5 million on two Bugattis.

Those aren't even the crown jewels of his car collection. Here he is driving an ultra-rare Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita. The car, one of only two in the world, cost him $4.7 million.

His entire collection is worth far more than that. Here he is in 2015 with some of his favourite toys.

Mayweather also enjoys collecting watches. His stash includes designs from Audemars Piguet, Rolex and Aximum.

He's a prolific traveller, jetting to world cities like Moscow...

... Rio de Janeiro...

... and Cairo, where he rode a camel while checking out the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Mayweather has become a style icon, spending endless sums of money on the sharpest attire around.

He's also a prolific investor, pouring a lot of money into real estate over the years.

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His Las Vegas home, known as Big Boy Mansion, is home to some of his many cars.

It also includes an amazing outdoor patio, complete with luxury furniture, pool access and a terrific view.

There's always something going on at Big Boy Mansion, even when Mayweather isn't around. Here, some of his friends are enjoying the home with the help of a little Cristal champagne.

He has countless other investments, from clothing lines to medical marijuana dispensaries.

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Source: FightHype

In 2015, Mayweather rocked the boxing world when he went toe-to-toe with Manny Pacquiao for the first time ever. The two were widely regarded as all-time greats, but they had long resisted getting in the ring together.

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Mayweather dominated the fight from the beginning, bringing his spotless record to 48-0. Pacquiao struggled to penetrate his opponent's air-tight defence and landed just 19 per cent of his punches.

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But even with all of these well-documented paydays, Mayweather still feels an occasional need to prove that his money is where his mouth is. In 2016, he posted a photo of a $100 million cheque to his Instagram account.

Not surprisingly, his unbelievable wealth doesn't come without a downside. Earlier this year, the IRS filed a tax lien showing that Mayweather still owes over $22 million on his taxes from 2015, the year of the Pacquiao bout.

None of this is to say that Mayweather doesn't enjoy the simple things in life, from shooting hoops...

... to being the father of four children, two boys and two girls. They range in age from 13 to 17.

He's not opposed to showcasing a little holiday spirit...

... or channeling his inner child. Of course, he dressed up as the wealthiest superhero out there.

In May of this year, Mayweather finalised a contract to fight Conor McGregor in Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena. The bout is set for August 26.

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The two embarked on a lengthy press tour to promote the big event. The atmosphere was often heated, with each fighter taking every opportunity to insult the other.

Mayweather is the heavy favourite, but don't expect him to pull any punches.

A win over McGregor would be his 50th as a professional, so he'll have plenty of motivation. He could pocket as much as $400 million from the fight.

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Source: Forbes

You can catch the action on August 27 at 11am AEST. The HD broadcast will run you $130, available through Showtime.

Now read all about Conor McGregor's journey from the working class to the top of the sports world.

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