From the Washington Post:
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is fond of saying he doesn’t fight for legacy anymore, instead preferring prize money. If he beats Shane Mosley on Saturday night in their non-title fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the undefeated six-time champion stands to collect the most lucrative payday of his life.
The windfall would not necessarily be the direct result of a win over his 38-year-old opponent, but because a victory would set up Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, a fight which would be the most anticipated non-heavyweight match in decades. Record-setting money almost certainly would follow, and fight fans finally would get the main event they have been clamoring for since discussions broke down between the camps in January.
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“Well, the thing is this, like I said before, of course I want to please the fans, and I want to please everybody that’s buying pay-per-view,” Mayweather said, “but self-preservation is the law of the land. I come first. I must fight for Floyd Mayweather first.”