Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will be equals when they step into the ring on Saturday night, but the two fighters certainly aren't equals when it comes to how much of the purse they are taking home after the fight.
According to FightNights.com, via their Twitter account:
Pacquiao $26mil vs Bradley $5mil purse According to the Nevada Athletic Commission.— FightNights.com™ (@boxing) June 7, 2012
Bradley can do much to change his perceived worth by defeating Pac-Man tonight, but it's clear from these numbers that he isn't in the same league as Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather at this time when it comes to mass appeal in the boxing realm.
As for now, Bradley isn't worried about the money so much as he is focused on the task at hand.
According to Chris Robinson of the Las Vegas Boxing Examiner, Bradley won't be tempted to go the way of Money-May when it comes to fame and fortune, either:
I’m putting that money away, man. I aint buying nothing. I got everything I need. I’m not buying anything. Me and my wife, we’re going to put that money away so I don’t ever have to come back to this game. Once I leave it, I aint never got to come back ever again.
This refreshing perspective take from Bradley puts a smile on my face. Far too often these days we see young athletes blowing their hard-earned cash on frivolous endeavors. In the end, many of them end up bankrupt and penniless before the age of 40.
I'm predicting an upset tonight. Bradley will beat Pacquiao by unanimous decision. He will be sure to see bigger paydays in the future, if my prediction holds true.
As for Pacquiao, he is set for life as long as he doesn't make poor investments going forward. The $26 million he will earn from this fight alone ensures it, but it's not the first massive payday for the Filipino superstar.
Both men are as ready as they'll ever be for this epic fight, but only one will walk away victorious at the end. From a financial standpoint, though, both of them are winners in my book.