The Ronda Rousey vs. Floyd Mayweather saga is ongoing.
In June, Mayweather claimed to not know who Rousey is, despite the fact that she’s arguably the most famous MMA fighter of all time. So when Rousey took home the title for Best Fighter at this year’s ESPYs, she used the opportunity to take quite the dig at her competition. “How does it feel to be beat by a woman for once?” she asked, hinting at Mayweather’s deplorable history of domestic violence. It was a well-executed burn for the ages.
Mayweather recently fired back on SportsCenter, saying, “I've yet to see any MMA fighter, or other boxer, make over $300 million in 36 minutes. When she can do that, then call me.”
It’s no secret that Mayweather is extraordinarily well-compensated: he topped Forbes’ 2014 list of 100 highest paid athletes. But even considering the unusually high payouts that Mayweather garners, his comparison has several holes. Rousey, who recently crushed her competition in a 34-second-long match, earned an estimated $120,000 for that fight (Pay-Per-View earnings could have bumped it up to at least $1-2 million). It’s not chump change, but that same night, “male UFC fighter Chris Weidman earned $450,000 for his win (and his opponent Lyoto Machida earned $200,000 for his loss).” On top of the gender pay gap, UFC fighting and professional boxing are two completely separate industries.
Your move, Ronda. Perhaps it’s time to finally take this into the ring?
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