Floyd “Money” Mayweather wants to make it clear that he isn’t ducking paying his taxes. In fact, the undefeated fighter, who is set to take on the Great White Hope in August, claims that he paid the IRS $26 million in 2015.
“What else could they possibly want?!” Mayweather told TMZ Sports. The pound-for-pound champ until further notice (sorry, Andre Ward) felt the need to set the record straight after reports surfaced that Money May filed a Tax Court petition “claiming he cannot pay off an undisclosed amount in tax liability from 2015 until after his showdown with Conor McGregor on Aug. 26.”
TMZ Sports notes that Mayweather cleared over $250 million for his fights against Manny Pacquiao ($220 million) and Andre Berto ($32 million) in 2015.
Mayweather assured his fans and detractors that he’s still rich.
“While everyone is counting my money and assuming the worst, these are the facts. ... Uncle Sam, received $26,000,000.00 from me in 2015! What else could they possibly want?” according to a Mayweather statement quoted by TMZ Sports. “I’m sure I would have been notified much sooner if there were any real discrepancies right?”
The statement continued: “Bottom line, everybody just wants to be a part of the ‘Money May’ show, including the IRS! That’s fine, you can crunch numbers all day but in the end, my empire is rock solid and intact! Now Calculate That!”
Mayweather is starting to sound a lot like someone else we know. In his last jab, the boxer took wild swings at the media, claiming, “Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear, especially when it comes to media in this country.”
TMZ Sports did a little math of its own and determined that if Mayweather wrote off $50 million and owed taxes on the earned $200 million, he’d be taxed at a whopping rate of 39.6 percent and would owe the IRS $80 million, much more than the $26 million he claims he’s already paid.
Either way, Mayweather is arguably a deplorable human being, but he’s a hell of a boxer, one of the greatest defensive fighters this sport may ever see. That being said, Conor McGregor is going to get beat like a piñata.
Don’t waste your money, folks, especially since Mayweather doesn’t need it.
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