Pacquiao guaranteed over $20M in Marquez fight
MANILA, Philippines - Filipino boxer Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao is guaranteed to make over $20-million in his fight against Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez, according to his promoter, Top Rank boss Bob Arum.
In an interview with BoxingScene, Arum said that Pacquiao is guaranteed $22-million, while Marquez is guaranteed $5-million.
With the pay-per-view revenue and ticket sales, Pacquiao is set to make well over $30-million, Arum said.
Arum has said in a separate interview with ESPN that the trilogy bout with Marquez may be the biggest Pacquiao fight ever, in terms of pay-per-view draws.
He said Mexicans and Filipinos who live in the United States are very interested in the fight.
"Seventeen to 18 percent of the population in the country is now Hispanic, and they love Marquez," he told ESPN's Kieran Mulvaney. "There are a lot of Filipinos who are very familiar with Marquez because of his body of work with Pacquiao."
"So those two elements of the population, plus Anglos who follow boxing and who are now intrigued by Pacquiao because of the mainstream programming, mean that, without any shadow of a doubt - this will be the biggest Manny Pacquiao fight, from a pay-per-view standpoint, ever. The biggest ever," Arum said.
Pacquiao's biggest fight to date was his May 2011 bout against Mosley, which drew 1.3-million pay-per-view buys.
Arum is sure that Pacquiao-Marquez III will surpass that, both in terms of pay-per-view and ticket sales.
"This fight sold out at higher prices in two weeks. Absolutely sold out. You can't get a ticket any place," Arum said.