Manny Pacquiao Takes Pay Cut to Fight Brandon Rios

| by Alex Groberman
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Manny Pacquiao went through three possible opponents before finally agreeing to fight Brandon Rios this November. Initially it seemed inevitable that he would take on Juan Manuel Marquez for the fifth time, especially given how electric their last showdown was. Then when that fell apart, he turned his attention to Timothy Bradley. Their first bout was anything but electric; however, in the aftermath of his victory over Ruslan Provodnikov, Bradley probably has the fourth or fifth most recognizable name in the sport. When the Bradley fight fell apart, for a cool three days, it seemed as though Pacquiao was on track to fight Mike Alvarado.

Ultimately, that didn’t materialize either.

When the dust settled, Pacquiao agreed to fight Rios this November in a match-up that he’s been viewed as a three-to-one favorite in from the very beginning.

The general assumption made by most was that, seeing as he’s fighting his third or fourth option here, Pacquiao would like take the vast majority of the money that’s out there to be made. And while that may technically be true, the total amount is going to be less than he’s used to.

According to the Philippine Star, Pacquiao will get a guaranteed $18 million. In a conversation with Bev Llorente of ABS-CBN News, Top Rank boss Bob Arum indicated that the final take home figure for his guy could be in the $30 million range based on PPVs and other streams of revenue.

It’s worth noting: Pacquiao hasn’t gotten less than $20 million guaranteed in a long time. His arch rival, Floyd Mayweather Jr., just earned a guaranteed $41.5 million for his majority decision win over Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez this past weekend.

While an official number regarding how much Rios is going to make hasn’t been released yet, his initial offer was for $3 million. His camp wasn’t pleased with that, and the final total was likely incrementally north of that.