LAS VEGAS - Floyd Mayweather Jr. is intent on proving to the world he is boxing and the reason boxing is still on the map.
"Numbers don't lie," Mayweather said of his Pay-Per View numbers. "I wish Bob Arum the best, but..."
Love him or hate him, Mayweather's claims are back up by the numbers.
In his last three bouts, Mayweather has generated over $300 million in revenue combined. That includes 4.4 million Pay-Per-View buys. His fight against Oscar de la Hoya generated 2.4 million PPV buys.
Outside of boxing, Mayweather (40-0, 25 KOs) has been just as much a draw. His appearance on WWE WrestleMania XXIV in April 2008 generated 1.1 million ppv buys.
"It's about entertaining the fans and breaking records. And one thign I did was I built a hell of a fan base," Mayweather said. "[HBO's] 24/7, going to the movie theaters, going outside the box...being the first to do something and being an icon in the sport of boxing is what it's all about."
Is he the greatest?
"Floyd Mayweather's keeping the sport going," Mayweather said. "I'm the face of boxing."
When it's all said and done, he just might be the greatest, in and out of the ring.
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