The IRS says it’s still waiting for its cut from Floyd Mayweather Jr. from his nine-figure payday against Manny Pacquiao.
The undefeated boxer nicknamed “Money” owes $22.2 million in taxes from 2015, according to a notice of a federal tax lien filed by the IRS.
The notice shows the balance unpaid as of March 6. The lien was filed with county officials in Las Vegas in April, and the boxing champ last week filed for a temporary reprieve with the U.S. Tax Court.
Still, the boxer who regularly flaunts his wealth defended himself on Facebook on Monday, saying his “empire is rock solid” and the IRS “just wants to be part of the ‘Money May’ show.”
“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?” he wrote in a post with a picture of a handwritten ledger that showed three amounts totalling $26 million. “I’m sure I would have been notified much sooner if there were any real discrepancies right?”
Mayweather’s tax troubles come as prepares for a boxing match against Irish MMA star Conor McGregor in August in Las Vegas. Mayweather, 49-0, will be ending his retirement to face McGregor at T-Mobile Arena.
Depending on pay-per-view sales, both fighters could earn huge purses, though probably not the $200 million or so Mayweather earned for the fight against Manny Pacquiao.
The men on Tuesday appeared at a news conference in Los Angeles to promote the fight, the first of four this week. There’s been plenty of trash talk around the fight, and McGregor didn’t miss the opportunity to attack Mayweather.
“Tell that to the tax man,” McGregor said after Mayweather flashed a $100 million check from his fight against Pacquiao, who also said he would knock out Mayweather “inside four rounds, mark my words.”
Mayweather declined to talk about his taxes when asked by reporters.
“We ain’t even tripping on that,” he said. His tax attorney did not…