Mayweather's Big Announcement is New Venture, Not Return

By Jake Donovan 

Whether or not Floyd Mayweather’s announcement on Wednesday qualifies as a bombshell would depend on one’s affinity for fantasy sports.

The big reveal by the former pound-for-pound king wasn’t a rumored ring comeback or even information on a future Mayweather Promotions event. Instead, it was his latest business venture as he’s partnered up with daily fantasy sports app Daily Number.

“After careful consideration and discussion with my team, I will be joining Daily Number in 2019—the baddest mother*****s in the game,” Mayweather announced in a promotional video which he shared on his verified social media account. 

floyd-mayweather (3)

Mayweather (50-0, 27KOs) joins National Football League (NFL) star and app co-founder Richard Sherman among the paid celebrity athletes to endorse the product, which is intended to compete with popular models such as Draft Kings and Fan Duel.

The product comes with a twist, however. Whereas other DFS apps are modeled after salary cap and player-versus-player formats, Daily Number allows users “to play against a target score,” according to co-founder Tom McAuley. “The objective is simply to beat the target.”

Scores are determined by an algorithm which analyzes matchups and assigning a star rating for each player. From there, seven-player lineups compete against the target score. Payouts are based on degree of difficulty in regards to the elite level of drafted players. Lower-rated lineups which beat the target score offer a larger payout.

Having already carved out a Hall of Fame boxing career and presently active in promotion and sports gambling, the unbeaten former five-division champion is now seeking the biggest challenges in his latest business venture. 

“My next opponent is Draft Kings,” Mayweather insisted during the promo. “That’s right, we coming for the crown. Considering my partnership with Daily Number, fantasy sports will never be the same. I change the game with everything I touch, whether it’s boxing, gyms, you name it… and now fantasy sports. I put my money where my mouth is.”

Current available prizes include a pair of Mayweather-autographed boxing gloves.

Mayweather grossed more money through his events than any other boxer in history. His long-awaited—if not ultimately disappointing—May ’15 showdown with longtime rival Manny Pacquiao remains the highest grossing event of all time, amassing upwards of $600 million in total revenue. The bout ran his record to 48-0, taking on one more fight—a 12-round win over Andre Berto in Sept. ‘15—before calling it a career at the time.

He’s since returned to the ring for two fights versus MMA standouts.

His Aug. ’17 clash with UFC superstar Conor McGregor—whom made his boxing pro debut—serves as the second highest-grossing boxing event ever, as well as Mayweather’s last official bout. He resurfaced last New Year’s Eve in a one-sided boxing exhibition with Japan’s Tenshin Nasukawa, a kickbocking and MMA star whose weight is the boxing equivalent of a featherweight, the size difference evidence in Mayweather’s one-sided knockout.

With Pacquiao having since aligned himself with Mayweather’s longtime boxing adviser Al Haymon and Premier Boxing Champions, rumors continue to swirl of a rematch one day materializing. Pacquiao currently owns a secondary welterweight title, which he defended in a 12-round win over Adrien Broner this past January.

The current rumor mill has him eyeing a summertime PPV showdown with unbeaten welterweight titlist Keith Thurman. For now, don’t expect Mayweather to take on the winner—or any other boxer for that matter.

“You know, championship belts they collect dust; I’m in the check cashing business,”  Mayweather insisted, emphasizing his love of money being greater than his desire to retirn to the ring. 

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by john l on 04-19-2019

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;19671015]Oh gotcha. I misunderstood you. I'll give this new thing a shot but that's something to keep an eye on. If the house proves too tough to beat then you definitely don't want to waste your time and money there.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by Squ□redCircle34 on 04-19-2019

Floyd needs to pass the torch to Spence or Bud, Tank Davis just won’t do! He doesn’t get it and he has no discipline! I would say Wilder but he’s in the middle towards the end of his prime and…

Comment by EL_cano on 04-19-2019

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;19667449]Whether or not Floyd Mayweather's announcement on Wednesday qualifies as a bombshell would depend on one's affinity for fantasy sports. The big reveal by the former pound-for-pound king wasn't a rumored ring comeback or even information on a future Mayweather…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 04-18-2019

[QUOTE=john l;19670900]That's exactly what I said stay on Draftkings or Fanduel because your NOT playing against the house,but you do have a "rake" to beat but still better then playing against the house which is what this new thing is.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by john l on 04-18-2019

[QUOTE=EasternEuroFan;19669028]Good. I don't think he'll fight again and has nothing to prove. Apart from his fights against these MMA guys, it's been 4 years since he had a real boxing match and he's 42. I think he's smart enough about…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (33)
Top Headlines Wilder: I Can't Say That I'll KO Joshua Or Joshua Will KO Me Gorman: When I Knock Dubois Off - I'll Be The Golden Goose! Josh Taylor: I'm 100% Confident I'll Beat Prograis, Win WBSS Coldwell Felt Leigh Wood Looked Brilliant in TKO of Doyle Michael Hunter Vows To Earn His Way To Anthony Joshua Shot Thurman: I'm Going To Kick The Sh*t Out of Pacquiao! Tolj Discusses Pact Between Moloney Brothers and Top Rank Ito vs. Herring and The Junior Lightweight Picture Thurman: If Pacquiao Wins, I'd Probably Retire - Bow Down Inoue Admits He Punished Rodriguez Over Incident With Father Wilder: I Gave Fury Memory Loss, Can't Take His Words Seriously Lobov: Paulie Malignaggi is a Scumbag, The Lowest of The Low! Photos: Caleb Plant, Mike Lee - Face To Face in Los Angeles Photos: Manny Pacquiao, Keith Thurman - Face To Face in LA Diego De La Hoya Title Fight Added To Vargas-Kameda Card Jaime Munguia Currently Training With Erik Morales in Tijuana Photos: Demetrius Andrade, Maciej Sulecki - Go Face To Face CompuBox on The Big Three - Lomachenko, Crawford, Inoue Manny Pacquiao: Floyd Mayweather Is Scared To Fight Me Again! Photos: Ahmed Elbiali Putting in Work For Fox Sport 1 Clash Kownacki-Arreola, Browne-Pascal Headed To Barclays Center 8/3 Jessica McCaskill Very Pumped For Anahi Sanchez Unification Boxing To Remain in Olympics, But IOC Says AIBA Will Not Run It Thurman: No Third Fight In 2019; 'Gotta Relax' After Pacquiao Whyte Holds Nose, Not Impressed By Wilder's KO of Breazeale News: Dina Thorslund, Thomas Ward, Rafael Armenta, More Warrington Hopes For Unification Fights After Galahad Defense Inoue vs. Donaire Final Will Be Huge Spectacle, Says Sauerland Luis Nery Finding it Tough To Lock Down Oubaali WBC Title Shot BJ Flores is Eager To Upset The Odds Against Otto Wallin Thurman: No Rust This Time, Will See My Best With Pacquiao Wilder: Joshua Wants the Fight Because the Pressure Is On Him Saunders: Beating Callum Smith Should Make Me 'No. 1' at 168 Team Galahad: Warrington Beat Past Prime Frampton, Selby Daniel Dubois: Gorman is Perfect For My Style, I Can't Wait Callum Smith: I Would Jump at Opportunity To Fight Canelo! Lennox Lewis Admits He Almost Slapped Riddick Bowe Last Year Hughie Fury: Without The Cut, I'm Confident I'd Outbox Pulev Buddy McGirt: Everybody Wants To Fight Like Mayweather Fury: Wilder Proved He's a Fighting Man - Joshua Has Not!

Latest Active Forum Threads