Blog 8

Updated: April 16, 2008, 3:15 PM ET
By Kieran Mulvaney

Wednesday, 11 a.m. ET --Floyd is money

I was talking with a friend of mine last night, a vet of the Las Vegas fight scene. We hadn't seen each other in a couple of years so it was good to catch up. Conversation went back and forth, touching on the various fighters we've been in touch with or lost contact with, and it inevitably turned, as all boxing conversations seem to do, to Floyd Mayweather.

We both acknowledged that, love him or hate him, you have to give him props for the way that, out of nowhere, he has transformed himself into the hottest ticket in boxing. We were sitting just a few feet away from where Mayweather had sat with a handful of reporters prior to his fight with Carlos Baldomir, happy and relaxed because he was finally top of the bill for a pay-per-view and was earning $8 million (plus one dollar). And now, you have to think he'd laugh at an offer of $8 million.