The Big Fight is nicknamed the Big Fight for a reason. The Mayweather McGregor fight stands to be the most popular and most lucrative fight of the century. Naturally, the fight has reached beyond the typical boxing fan. And, they have questions.
We turned to see what are the currently most Google’d questions about the upcoming fight:
Does Floyd Mayweather owe taxes?
He goes by the nickname “Money” but a lack of cash has prompted him to file an appeal with the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) regarding overdue taxes.
Mayweather filed a tax court petition on July 5, asking the IRS to grant him a reprieve and allow him to pay his taxes after he is paid for next month’s bout against Conor McGregor.
The IRS wants Mayweather to pay his taxes for 2015. Mayweather has earned an estimated $700 million over the course of his career, according to Forbes magazine, including a staggering $220m from his much-hyped fight against Manny Pacquiao in May 2015.
“Although the taxpayer has substantial assets, those assets are restricted and primarily illiquid,” the petition by Mayweather said in a filing posting on Law360.com. “The taxpayer has a significant liquidity event scheduled in about 60 days from which he intends to pay the balance of the 2015 tax liability due and outstanding.”
Is it true Mayweather can’t read?
In a word, yes. Mayweather has been forced to respond to questions about his literacy ever since 2014 in the wake of suggestions by the rapper 50 Cent and a New York radio station that he can’t read well.
“Reading will not define my place in boxing history,” Mayweather said. “Will God not let me in heaven because I didn’t read like a news anchor? Look, I would be perfect at reading if it was how I made my living and fed my family.”
Basically, he can read basic words but not complex sentences, having left school early to box. However, he’s always been quick to shut down those who taunt him about his illiteracy.
What is the Mayweather ‘hard work’ chant?
This is the mantra that ‘The Money Team’ lives by. Often chanted in the gym or in press conferences like a battle cry, one person shouts ‘hard work’ and everyone else replies ‘dedication!’
In London, during the build-up to his fight with McGregor, Mayweather’s ‘hard work’ rallying cry was drowned out by boos and chants of ‘sit down, shut up’ from a predominantly Irish crowd, and when he instructed fans to point to the ‘easy work’ – another catchphrase – the only fingers that were raised were middle ones.
What did McGregor say about Mayweather high heels?
McGregor brought the promotional tour for his fight with Mayweather to a close by accusing the American of wearing high heels throughout their trashing-talking stage show, before describing his opponent as a ‘stupid baldy t***’.
Reacting to Mayweather taking a selfie, McGregor said: ‘Mate, you’re 40. Get that f****** phone out of your hand like you’re a kid. He was wearing high heels yesterday. Check the picture from yesterday and check it from the day before, proper high heels that b**** was wearing. You should have wore them on the first day you stupid baldy t***.’