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Mayweather owes IRS $22.2M

A lien against Floyd Mayweather by the Internal Revenue Service shows a significant outstanding debt.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour - Los Angeles Photo by Harry How/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Well I guess it’s a good thing Floyd Mayweather has a huge payday on the horizon. A federal tax lien filed by the IRS states that Mayweather owes $22.2 million in back taxes from 2015, as is now being reported by ESPN.

The lien against Mayweather was filed in April and Mayweather has since filed for a temporary reprieve to deal with the issue. But Conor McGregor didn’t waste any time taking aim at Mayweather over the subject during yesterday’s kick off press conference.

"The reason he has accepted this fight to come out of retirement is because he has to," McGregor said. "He's in a dire situation. That is not a good situation to be in."

Mayweather, though, says he’s not even sweating the IRS issue.

"I ain't worried about that. I just showed you all a $100 million check I didn't even cash onstage," he said, referring to a check from his fight against Pacquiao. "So we ain't tripping on that."

Some believe that Mayweather’s recent filing is just a mechanism for him to buy time to settle his debt until he cashes out on his August 26th fight with McGregor — which he would presumably use pay the tax man. In that sense it’s a good he has a $100M guarantee for this fight.

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