Mayweather vs. Guerrero Purse: What Each Fighter Earned from Prize Fight

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IMay 5, 2013

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 04:  (L-R) Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Robert Guerrero exchange blows in their WBC welterweight title bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 4, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Floyd Mayweather won a unanimous decision over Robert Guerrero on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., and then he was handed a check for $32 million. 

For his efforts in allowing Mayweather to clearly demonstrate he is still the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet, Robert Guerrero made a small, only in comparison, $3 million.

This information comes to us from Dan Rafael of ESPN, who notes that the contracts were filed on Friday afternoon with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. 

As Rafael also notes, the $32 million equals the largest contract for a single fight in the history of boxing. This, of course, was already Money's record. He set that mark in his last fight. 

This isn't all the cash these guys will be getting for this fight either. Both will be due a share of the pay-per-view buys. We aren't likely to ever get a concrete number on what this portion amounts to for the fighters, but it's safe to say it will be healthy. 

Rafael pointed out that the PPV buys are expected to top the one-million mark. 

Given all of this, it is no surprise that Money was Forbes magazine's highest grossing athlete last year, and he likely will be for this year as well. 

What is even more impressive in all of this is that Money has streamlined the promotion of his fights, which allows him to pocket the lion's share of what he earns. 

Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer commented in Rafael's article that Money will be keeping 90 percent of the profit. 

Money is living up to his nickname in ways other boxers would need bravado to even dream about, and even though he is 36, his prime earning days may just be getting started. 

Despite being away from the ring for a year, and doing a stint in jail in the interim, Money looked as good as ever. 

Mayweather was solid but unspectacular in beating Miguel Cotto his last time in the ring prior to Saturday, but he was also hit more than we are accustomed to seeing. It was fair, at that point, to speculate that Money had slowed a touch with age. 

It is no longer fair to question that. Money was nearly impossible to hit in this fight, and his hands were a blur. This was a vintage performance for Mayweather that helped him set a new standard for boxing contracts.