Daily Buzz: Would Money welch?
Before I say anything else, let me remind you that Floyd Mayweather Jr. made more money last year than any other American athlete, taking home a reported $85 million according to Sports Illustrated.
Even by Forbes’ conservative estimate, the world’s top boxer made $34 million in 2012 without the benefit of a single endorsement. And when he fights Canelo Alvarez this weekend, Mayweather will add at least another $41.5 million to his already-lush bank account.
All of that is to say that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is neither a man who frets about money, nor a man who is shy about spending it.
So it comes as something of a surprise that he is reportedly being sued to the tune of $80,000 by a company called White Glove International, which claims Mayweather still hasn’t paid them for tickets to Game 7 of the NBA Finals this June.
According to TMZ, White Glove says Mayweather hired them on the day of Game 7 to purchase four tickets to the game at AmericanAirlines Arena, including three courtside seats valued at $25,000 apiece. The company claims Mayweather never paid for the seats, so now they’re suing him for the $80,000 value of the tickets, plus interest.
Now, I’m not saying Mayweather did or didn’t pay for his tickets, but given his “Money” persona, he doesn’t really seem like the type to skimp on a bill, especially one that is essentially pocket change to him.
White Glove’s $80,000 bill represents roughly 0.2 percent of Mayweather’s purse for the Alvarez fight — or about 100 bucks to a family bringing in the median annual household income of $52,100 a year.
Mayweather bets exorbitant amounts on sports — including a reported $5.9 million million on a playoff game between the Heat and Pacers — and he flies around on a private G5 jet. In a recent ESPN the Magazine feature, Mayweather showed reporter Tim Keown a bank statement that revealed a balance of $123 million in one of his checking accounts.
If anything, Mayweather is the type who would brag about paying $80,000 for seats, not try to weasel out of paying for them. And given his personality and penchant for big spending, you have to assume that there’s more to the story.
I’m not so sure I buy the claim that Mayweather is 80 grand in the red to White Glove, and I’m curious to know if you believe it, either. Leave a comment down below.
Now, for some links:
• Speaking of Mayweather, looks like the man doesn’t like honey in his coffee:
• Tim Tebow has found a new sport — women’s lacrosse:
— USC Women’s Lacrosse (@USCTrojansLax) September 9, 2013
• Awwww, Monday was Alex Ovechkin’s second anniversary:
— Maria Kirilenko (@mkirilenko) September 9, 2013
• Well played, LA-area vandal:
I have a feeling this won’t be the only time a fire lane is used this way at the Coliseum this year pic.twitter.com/p5rZNC4Qnw
— John Ireland (@LAIreland) September 8, 2013
• A few Yankees rookies (and a translator) were forced to dress up like music stars, including Psy, Vanilla Ice and Justin Bieber:
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) September 8, 2013
• J.R. Smith’s brother has a tattoo of J.R. Smith’s face, naturally:
• Rob Ryan bought a round at a local bar after the Saints’ season-opening win.
• The Marlins rolled out the red carpet for two diehard fans, who then trashed Yasiel Puig and Bryce Harper.
• Baseball is back in Montreal — for two games, anyway.
• Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic had a 54-shot rally in the U.S. Open final that included lots of grunting:
• It’s safe to say Buck Showalter and Joe Girardi are not thunder buddies:
• Could the owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning help the Tampa Bay Rays get a new stadium?
• A historic green Masters jacket was sold for almost $700,000.
• How would you like to have your name on the floor at your favorite NBA arena?
• China does not seem super excited about Japan getting the 2020 Olympics.
• This is from Sunday, but here is Evan Gattis with the longest homer in the majors this year — 486 feet:
• Jim Harbaugh to "tough guy" Clay Matthews: Next time "come with some knuckles."
• Here is what Alfred Morris wore to the Redskins game last night:
• The Brooklyn Nets will retire Jason Kidd’s number — at a preseason game.
• Check out this cool feature on a group of Mexican pro wrestlers called Exoticos.
• Hunter Pence could be the first outfielder since 2007 to start every game for his team.
• Dan Uggla’s abs are almost as impressive as Freddie Freeman’s photobombing skills:
Twitter poll: Better abs, Dan Uggla (left) or Gerald Laird (right)? pic.twitter.com/qjLsWEpVFM
— Elliot Johnson (@ElliotJohnson9) September 9, 2013
• Backflip free throw guy says you’re shooting free throws all wrong:
• Via @Jose3030, RG3 and Pierre Garcon got acquainted on the sideline Monday night:
• Either these guys at a Rays-Angels game last week were trying to make a social statement or ‘O’ and ‘R’ went on a beer run at the same time:
• Help Wanted: Chargers proofreader:
— Peggy Gartin (@thepegisin) September 10, 2013
• I don’t know or care if Juan Uribe smokes pot, but leaving this hat in your locker isn’t a great look:
Whats up with Uribe’s hat withe Bud Leaf on it… Juan Uribe is a Stoner!!!! Love him ever more now… pic.twitter.com/DDtoSYW6YQ
— Jordy Towers (@jordytowers) September 10, 2013