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Warren Buffett and Floyd Mayweather: Odd couple, perfect match or both?

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... And you thought Felix Ungar and Oscar Madison were an interesting pair.

According to a Floyd Mayweather tweet sent in late August, investments icon Warren Buffett is part of the former's The Money Team (TMT).

(Image courtesy of TMZ)

One tweet stated, "Warren Buffett the 66.9 Billion dollar man joins The Money Team (TMT)."

Has Buffett joined TMT or is the 'Oracle of Omaha' just an inquistive outsider?

The iconic businessman paid Floyd a visit last month while the latter was in training and attended the rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas last Saturday, even hanging in the Mayweather dressing room.

"It's a real thrill for me to be at a championship boxing match," Buffett said. "Never seen one in my life. I'm 84 years old, so it's about time."

Unbeaten and controversial, Floyd Mayweather (47-0, 26 KO), who turns 38 in February, has been the highest paid athlete in the world the last several years and is a world champion in five divisions. And Warren Buffett is, of course, the most successful investor of the 20th Century and has been one of the world's wealthiest and most influential people for years.

If a movie is ever made about this pairing, perhaps it could be called Wall Street Meets Bling, Bling, The Oracle of Omaha Teams Up with The Champion of Controversy, or quite simply 'Money' Meets More Money.

So what do an 84 year old dignified, refined billionaire philanthropist and a sometimes abrasive and loquacious but extraordinarily talented pugilist dubbed 'Money' see in one other? One graduated from a large ivy league business school while the other received a PhD from The School of Hard Knocks.

What brought them together, again?

Most business tycoons in Buffett's circle would be fearful of working with Floyd because his image isn't exactly cookie cutter and he has no known formalized financial training or education.

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But it was Buffett who chimed a few years ago, "Be greedy when others are fearful and fearful when others are greedy."

Does Buffett see something special in Floyd?

Contentious or not, Floyd, like Mr. Buffett, is the consummate professional in his approach to his craft. He stays in superb shape in between fights, and doesn't smoke, drink alcohol or take drugs.

Fact: Few athletes, if any, train as hard or take their craft as seriously as Floyd 'Money' Mayweather Jr.

But what many may not realize is Mayweather is also a shrewd businessman. After all, despite all of the controversy surrounding him, the widespread criticism for not having faced boxing's other top fighter (Manny Pacquiao) and not having an overly crowd-pleasing style in the ring, he's still the world's highest paid athlete.

Try to figure that one out.

...And don't forget, he's been the highest paid athlete on earth for mutiple years despite the absence of endorsements. Unlike the NBA's LeBron James, he has no lucrative deals with companies like Coca Cola and McDonald's.

He has skills... inside and outside the ring.

So perhaps it's no surprise a financial genius like Buffett is seemingly intrigued by 'Money May?'

Like them or not, the accomplishments of Warren Buffett and Floyd Mayweather speak for themselves.

Genius knows genius... shrewd knows shrewd... and money knows 'Money.'


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