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Floyd Mayweather to earn minimum of $220 million for Pacquiao bout – SportsUntapped.com
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Added July 7th, 2015 by Ian

Floyd Mayweather to earn minimum of $220 million for Pacquiao bout
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Not only was undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. recently named the highest-paid athlete in the world by Forbes, he also topped the list as the best-paid entertainer on the planet. Mayweather captured the number one spot as usual for his 36 minutes in the ring with Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines back on May 2nd. ESPN reported that Mayweather’s take from the bout which he won via a 12-round unanimous decision, will be a minimum of $220 million and could reach as much as $230 million.

Much of this comes from the 4.4 million pay-per-view sales of the fight across the globe. Mayweather took a 60 per cent split of the profits while Pacquiao’s camp kept the other 40 per cent. This means the Filipino fighter could rake in about $150 million and that’s why he has been named the second-highest entertainer and athlete in the world. Pacquiao’s earnings from the lone contest are about the same as NBA star LeBron James’ career earnings up to now.

While the boxers’ paydays seem to be outrageous for one fight, fans need to realize they each put in about 12 weeks of training and also had to dish out income tax and numerous expenses. In addition, Pacquiao has to pay his promoters Top Rank and Bob Arum, but Mayweather won’t have any promotional bills to pay as he owns his own boxing promotion firm. After all is said and done it’s believed that the bout’s revenue will hit about $600 million, making it the richest in the sport’s history by far.

Each boxer received a guaranteed purse and the ticket sales at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada brought in another $72 million. There was another $19 million revenue from closed-circuit venues such as bars and restaurant and then the pay-per-view sales and broadcasting rights will be added into the final total. However, the promoters and Pacquiao could end up losing some of their profits since numerous lawsuits have been filed against Pacquiao and others for not disclosing his shoulder injury before fans handed over their hard-earned cash for the scrap.

Mayweather has now participated in 14 fights on pay-per-view and they’ve pulled in a record 1.3 billion. The fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao was easily their biggest ever paydays. Mayweather made more than $100 for his bout against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez of Mexico and at least $40 million for each of his two contests with Marcos Maidana of Argentina. Even though Mayweather’s take may end up being as much as $230 million he may be disappointed as he told the media that he thought he mike make as much as $275 million.

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