The Money Shot: all up in my grill

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Money won't make you happy... yeah, right! Image: Bryan Horowitz via Flickr
"The mouthguard reportedly contains gold and diamonds, is chock-full of $100 notes and helps the boxer breathe more easily"
  • | by Abbie Laughton-Coles

If there's one thing we love here at the Money Shot, it's when a proverb comes to life so beautifully it gives us goosebumps. And we haven't been let down this week because… in the red corner, weighing in at 68kg, it's the one, the only, Floyd Mayweather, who will literally 'put his money where his mouth is' in an upcoming bout. Let's get ready to rumble!

Nicknamed 'Money', (we can't think why?) Mayweather obviously has nothing better to spend his cash on, as reportedly he will be sporting a $25,000 mouthguard in his world welterweight fight with Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on 2 May.

Of course this isn't your bog standard, run-of-the-mill gum shield. We're assuming Mayweather won't be popping on the kettle and shoving the still boiling plastic into his gob to mould it. No, don't be so silly... presumably Obama will be doing it while whispering sweet nothings in his ear for that price tag.

So what makes it so special? Well, let's put it this way, you won't be buying them down Argos anytime soon. The mouthguard reportedly contains gold and diamonds, is chock-full of $100 notes and helps the boxer breathe more easily (always handy). But for someone who could be earning £122m from one fight, what else could he use the money for anyway?

This isn't a one-off for Mayweather either. He's been known to use a $50,000 iPod case, drop $20,000 on a Cadillac golf cart and he apparently wears brand new underwear every day, a habit that costs him around $6,000 a year.

He isn't the only boxer making it rain though. Notorious ear muncher Mike Tyson gave his first wife a $2m bathtub to splash around in, and Bolton native Amir Khan delivered a knockout blow last December, splurging somewhere between £20,000 and £30,000 on 24-carat gold thread shorts for a fight against Devon Alexander. He did donate them to charity after though… so we might let him off.

What's your most extravagant purchase? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook.

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Join us next Friday for another relentlessly stimulating instalment of the Money Shot. Until then, email us your letters.