How much will Pacquiao make from Floyd fight?


Posted at Mar 02 2015 08:51 PM | Updated as of Mar 03 2015 09:45 PM

How much will Pacquiao make from Floyd fight? 1
Manny Pacquiao

Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum has high hopes for the May 2 mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, as he believes it will earn both boxers the highest pay days of their careers.

Pacquiao and Mayweather will finally face off on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, putting an end to over five years of on and off negotiations.

Arum, according to a Boxing Scene report, fully expects the Pacquiao-Mayweather bout to break the current record for pay-per-view buys, which is currently held by the Mayweather-Oscar De La Hoya fight from 2007.

That fight generated 2.4 million buys.

"The interest is amazing," Arum said of the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight. "Even from people who do not follow sports, people who do not follow boxing. Wherever you go, people are talking about the fight."

Because of this, Arum would not be surprised if the bout generates some four million or even five million pay-per-view buys.

The promoter also believes that the fight may just end up making some $300 million, which will be divided between the two boxers with Mayweather getting a 60% share and Pacquiao 40%.

"We have to do the math, after adding everything to distribute will be $300 million," said Arum. "Sixty percent for Mayweather which is $180 million, and 40 percent for Pacquiao which is $120 million."

Initial estimates have pegged the fight as earning $200 million.

Arum could not resist getting a dig into Mayweather even as he promoted the bout, saying: "Floyd loves cars and probably he could buy so many cars that he would satisfy every dealer in Las Vegas."

As for how Pacquiao will spend the money, he said: "I know that a lot of the money that Manny will win is going to go to charity in the Philippines."