Chris Williams: Welterweight star Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be netting from $220 million to $230 million for his 12 round decision win over Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd of this year in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to ESPN.com. This is pretty close to the $250 million that Mayweather is talking about making from the Pacquiao fight.
Mayweather says he’ll make all total over $500 million for 2015. He’s expected to make over $100 million for his next fight on September 12th, and he still has money coming to him for the Pacquiao fight. $500 million is a lot of green.
If Mayweather comes back in 2016 in search of his 50th victory, you can expect him to add another $100 million to $200 million depending on who he fights. If Mayweather fights Pacquiao again, but this time with a 70-30 split instead of the 60-40 split from last time, Mayweather could wind up with even more than $200 million, even if the fight brings in lower pay-per-view sales.
Pacquiao will be getting some good green as well in making $150 million for the Mayweather fight. Pacquiao would have gotten more if he’d agreed to fight Mayweather in 2010 when the two fighters first attempted to negotiate a fight. Pacquiao had a 50-50 deal back then, but he couldn’t agree to the random blood testing that Mayweather wanted in order to check for performance enhancing drugs.
As ESPN points out, Pacquiao’s green won’t be the same after his promoter Bob Arum and his company Top Rank take their cut of the loot. It’s unclear what Arum’s cut is for each fight of Pacquiao’s. I’d be very surprised if Pacquiao’s $150 is even half of that number after he winds up giving Arum, Top Rank, and trainer Freddie Roach their cut of the loot. Mayweather doesn’t have a promoter, so he cuts out the middle man. He stays has to pay his trainer, of course, but that’s his dad Floyd Mayweather Sr., so the green stays in the family so to speak.
The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight was tarnished slightly with the news that Pacquiao came into the fight with an injured right shoulder that he failed to inform the Nevada State Athletic Commission about until the day of the fight.
A lot of boxing fans didn’t take too kindly at finding out the news about Pacquiao’s injured shoulder until after the fight, because many fans wouldn’t have purchased the fight and wouldn’t come to the fight. Further, the gamblers likely would have changed their betting behavior if they knew that Pacquiao came into the fight with a shoulder problem.
With all the green that Mayweather has made during his career in his 14 PPV fights, he’s now a billion dollar earner. More specifically, his fights have made over $1.3 billion, according to ESPN.
If Mayweather can fight Pacquiao next year in a rematch, he could scoop up another huge wad of cash and drive up his career earnings through the roof. Getting the rematch negotiated could prove to be impossible because Arum is talking about wanting to get a bigger cut for Pacquiao than the 60-40 cut he received last time.
“The fact that he [Mayweather] won the fight, what does that mean? The two of them together created such a bonanza — numbers we’ve never seen before — and without Manny, who could Floyd create a bonanza like that with?” Arum said via Dan Rafael of ESPN.com. “And without Mayweather, who is Manny going to fight to create as much money? Maybe we should get more than the 40 percent. They need each other to create this kind of money.”