Though Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KOs) was crowned the winner over Miguel Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs) inside the ring on Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nevada, both men will walk away winners in today's tough economy.
Money Mayweather's payout alone made Saturday night's title bout one of the more extravagant purses in recent memory. The undefeated five-division champion agreed to a record guaranteed amount of $32 million, win, lose or draw.
If the pay-per-view sales reach their expected total, the Cinco de Mayo Classic will likely finish in the top five of all time in the pay-per-view ranks.
The total guaranteed purse of Mayweather-Cotto ($40 million) fell short of the Nevada record purse ($41 million), which belongs to the June 1997 bout between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, according to The Los Angeles Times.
The pay-per-view package cost $59.95 for standard definition and $69.95 for hi-def, so it's no surprise that the money adds up quick for the main event boxers.
Floyd Mayweather's Payout
Pretty Boy Floyd agreed to a guaranteed sum of $32 million before the fight, which was already a record payday for any one fight in the history of the sport.
After pay-per-view purchases are totaled though, Mayweather's booty could reach an estimated $40 million, according to The Washington Times.
Mayweather made $40 million off his September fight against Victor Ortiz, so this purse will hardly impress the one they call Money.
Miguel Cotto's Payout
There's no need to feel sorry for Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto after his loss to Mayweather Saturday night, especially considering that the 31-year-old will walk away with a guaranteed $8 million, which could potentially increase to $10 million once pay-per-view sales are factored in, according to The Washington Times.
For Cotto, this is an exceptional amount of money and likely the most he will ever see come from a single fight.
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