Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are two of the greatest boxers of their era, and no amount of money can change that generally accepted opinion. With that in mind: Cash matters. There is a reason why, the more successful a fighter is, the more zeroes he commands. Along the same lines, Mayweather didn’t just incidentally pick the moniker ‘Money’ during a jog one day. He earned it. And he wears it around proudly – much more proudly than the ‘Pretty Boy Floyd’ he used to go by.
It goes without saying that Pacquiao and Mayweather came into 2013 at two different stages in their careers. The latter remains undefeated, whereas the former has suffered back-to-back Ls. Their records, pound-for-pound standings and bank accounts reflect that. Still, it’s interesting to see just how big of a difference there is in how much each guy expects to make in the near future.
Mayweather, of course, is set to fight Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez this weekend. Pacquiao will square off against Brandon Rios in November. For his participation in Sept. 14’s fight, Mayweather is guaranteed $41.5 million.
In an interview with Yahoo! Sports Golden Boy CEO Leonard Ellerbe indicated that the final tally for his guy could be in the $100 million range if they’re able to break the all-time PPV record of 2.5 million sales. It’s unlikely that they’ll be able to do that, and it’s doubtful that they’d take in $100 million even if they did break the record, however, Ellerbe’s general point stands. That $41 million total is the base – there could be marginally or substantially more money to be made.
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Now contrast that with Mayweather’s arch rival.
Pacquiao is set to make in the $20-$25 million mark for the Rios fight. Just for comparison’s sake: Rios was originally offered $3 million for the bout, however, the final number ended up being north of that.
Pacquiao decided to stage this showdown in Macao because of the U.S. tax rate. Interestingly, Mayweather doesn’t seem particularly concerned about the tax rate, despite the fact that he’s set to lose more money.
A little more than a year ago, prior to Pacquiao’s loss to Timothy Bradley, he and Mayweather were viewed as equals. It’s interesting to see how, in a relatively short amount of time, that perception can change.