MANILA, Philippines – Undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is guaranteed to earn at least $32-million in his welterweight title unification fight against Argentinian slugger Marcos Maidana, ESPN and RingTV reported.
Mayweather was the highest paid athlete in the world in 2012 and 2013, earning $73.5-million in purses after beating Robert Guerrero in May and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in September.
“It’s just a testament to what he brings to sport, not just boxing,” Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe said of the unbeaten American.
“He’s a terrific entertainer, and he is the reason why this arena will be packed and why there will be a million-plus (pay-per-view buys) – because it’s all about the Mayweather experience,” he added.
Maidana will earn a career-high $1.5-million, but ESPN reports that the Argentine brawler “will earn more,” taking additional money from Argentina television rights as well as a share of the pay-per-view profits.
A RingTV analyst wonders, however, if the Mayweather-Maidana match-up is compelling enough for fans to buy the pay-per-view, as many boxing analysts have predicted that the fight will be a one-sided demolition in Mayweather’s favor.
“In a poll conducted by Lem Satterfield of RingTV.com, not one of the 46 boxing experts who participated picked Maidana to defeat Mayweather,” Tim Smith wrote on Thursday. “That kind of one-sided view carries over to boxing fans that drive the pay-per-view.”
“As Mayweather heads into the twilight of his boxing career, the question becomes: how many people are willing to plop down $64.95 (add $10 for the HD broadcast) to watch Mayweather as a singular performer?” he asked.
Smith estimates that the Mayweather-Maidana fight will need to draw “at least 1.5 million” in pay-per-view buys for the American boxer to justify his $32-million purse.