Mayweather vs. Canelo Purse: What Each Fighter Earned from Prize Fight
Floyd Mayweather's speed, defense and punching accuracy were too much for Saul "Canelo" Alvarez to handle at the MGM Grand during Saturday night's superfight.
While the 23-year-old Mexican will have to reconcile his first loss as a professional fighter, he will be able to do so while on vacation, or whatever else he wants to do with his massive pile of cash.
Of course, his haul from his majority decision may just be a tip after a nice meal for Money May.
ESPN's Dan Rafael reported on the kind of guaranteed money that Mayweather made for this fight:
For Mayweather, this is truly a case of the rich getting richer. As Forbes' Kurt Badenhausen reported, the guarantee pushes Mayweather's career earnings to $350 million.
His record-setting purse for this fight breaks his own record when he made $40 million guaranteed for fighting Miguel Cotto.
Rafael also gave us a glimpse into Canelo's cash haul:
Contracts are filed w/ NSAC. Canelo making $5M on fight night, but it's misleading. Guaranteed WAY more from PPV. I'm told $12M. #TheOne— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) September 11, 2013
Of course, the accounting for the pay-per-view buys is going to be huge. While these numbers are always tricky to track down, there has been legitimate hope that this fight will eclipse the PPV record set by the Mayweather-De La Hoya fight in 2007.
Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions speculated that this fight could earn 2.6 million PPV buys (h/t Badenhausen). Take a look at how that compares with other top PPV bouts:
|Mayweather vs. De La Hoya||May 2007||2.4 million|
|Holyfield vs. Tyson II||June 1997||1.99 million|
|Lewis vs. Tyson||June 2002||1.97 million|
|Holyfield vs. Tyson||November 1996||1.59 million|
In fact, this fight figures to be so lucrative that Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole passed along that Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe said that Mayweather could wind up pocketing a tidy $100 million for this fight.
I have no idea if that number is legitimate. After all, Ellerbe is in a position to exaggerate what Mayweather will make. However, it does give us an idea of the huge haul Mayweather will enjoy.
Both of these fighters are still looking at a future of big paydays. Canelo is wildly popular and accomplished and still just 23 years old. Meanwhile, Mayweather is 36, but he is the biggest draw in the sport and has four fights remaining on his huge contract with Showtime.
Given the circumstances and hype for this fight, there is a good chance that Mayweather won't be able to break his record payday. However, I wouldn't be shocked if he finds a way to set a new standard.
Mayweather's skills are still otherworldly, and his promotional talents just keep growing.
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