The disparity in the guaranteed purse of Manny Pacquiao and Oscar de la Hoya is even larger than expected compared to the height and reach gap between the two fighters.
Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer has said that according to the bout contracts filed with the NSAC, Pacquiao will get a guaranteed purse of $6 million while de la Hoya, $20 million.
However, the overall split from revenues which would include pay-per-view and other ancillary rights as agreed upon would be 32 percent for Pacquiao and 68 percent for de la Hoya.
There was no indication that Pacquiao’s income from the Philippine TV and theater rights under his contract with Solar Sports is part of the revenue split under the agreement since Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has insisted that deals made in the Philippines are exclusive to the country.
Experts believe that Pacquiao stands to earn $1.2 million from the Philippine rights.
As Kizer said several weeks ago, the referee for the Pacquiao-de la Hoya “Dream Match” will be Tony Weeks. The judges, meanwhile, are Stanley Christodoulu of South Africa and Adalaide Byrd and Dave Moretti who are both from Nevada .
Weeks refereed only one Pacquiao fight so far and that was the rematch with Marco Antonio Barrera in which the Filipino scored a lopsided 12-round decision.
Weeks has had his share of problems in the past. He was the referee in the Sept. 17, 2005 lightweight title fight where champion Leavander Johnson took a bad beating from Jesus Chavez and lost by an 11th round stoppage. Weeks was criticized by some for not stopping the fight earlier although Johnson who died five days later himself protested the stoppage.
The tragedy had an emotional impact on Weeks who was quoted by the Arizona Republic as saying “when something traumatic like that happens, it can’t help but affect you.”
While Weeks said the death of Johnson after brain surgery didn’t change his desire to be a referee he conceded it “heightened my awareness.”
Weeks also came under criticism for his handling og the 10th round TKO suffered by Jose Luis Castillo at the hands of Diego Corrales in what was regarded as one of the bloodiest battles of all time. In fact it was Top Rank promoter Bob Arum who ripped Weeks saying he allowed Corrales to spit out his mouthpiece twice after he was knocked down and had it washed, which gave him time to recover.
Moretti was one of the judges in Pacquiao’s first two fights against Erik “El Terrible” Morales while he also served as a judge in de la Hoya’s fights against Bernard Hopkins, Arturo Gatti, the “Redemption” rematch against Sugar Shane Mosley and the controversial victory over Felix Sturm where all three judges scored it 115-113 for De La Hoya.
De la Hoya at 145 lbs, Pacquiao 142
Meanwhile, de la Hoya's drastic weight cut to make the 147-pound limit has paid off. During the official weigh-in Friday night (Saturday morning in Manila) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the Golden Boy tipped the scales at 145 lbs, two pounds shy of the limit.
Pacquiao, meanwhile, made an easy 142 pounds, seven above the 135-lb class that he left behind to challenge de la Hoya in the welterweight division.
Both fighters flexed their muscles as around 7,000 fans cheered on in what is expected to be the "biggest boxing fight" of the year.
Reigning World Boxing Organization super bantam champ Juan Manuel Lopez, meanwhile, was at 122 lbs, while Argentinian challenger Sergio Medina had a similar weight.
The two will slug it out for the WBO junior featherweight crown.
Victor Ortiz was at 140 lbs, as well as opponent Jeffrey Resto. They will face off for the North American Boxing Organization junior welterweight title.
De la Hoya last fought at 147 lbs when he lost by split decision to Shane Mosley on June 17, 2000. The following year, he won against Arturo Gatti at 146
Since then, de la Hoya saw action above the 150-lb weight class, even stepping into 160 for the fight that he won against Felix Sturn in 2004.
Pacquiao, meanwhile, stepped up two weight divisions to meet de la Hoya on the agreed upon 147-lb limit.
He last fought and won the World Boxing Council lightweight crown against David Diaz in Las Vegas in June this year.
For their fight, de la Hoya carries the distinction of having won an Olympic medal when he represented the United States in the 1992 Barcelona Games. He is a 10-time world champ in six weight classes.
The Filipino, meanwhile, reigned over four weight divisions and has demolished a string of Mexican boxing legends, thus earning him the monicker "The Mexicutioner." Pacquiao, however, has declined to accept the tag. With Philboxing.com