Whenever Floyd Mayweather steps into the ring, you know it's an important night on the sports calendar. No one generates more buzz and publicity than the controversial champion, giving his opponent a much-needed profile boost.
Marcos Maidana had the privilege of stepping into the ring with Mayweather this time around. It wasn't the fight that fans wanted to see, but it did bring some new blood to the top of the boxing food chain.
Now that we have seen how the contest played out, and all the analysis that comes with it, it's only natural to take a look at how much money both competitors received for all their hard work on Saturday night.
One thing that we know about Mayweather is he knows how to negotiate a deal. That's probably one of the many reasons he's nicknamed "Money," because he gets a whole lot of it for stepping in the ring.
When he fought Saul "Canelo" Alvarez last September, Mayweather earned a reported $80 million, according to Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes.com, thanks to 2.2 million pay-per-view buys and a record-breaking $150 million in revenue from Showtime/CBS PPV.
Badenhausen also reported on Mayweather's potential earnings against Maidana after the fight was announced, writing that he should get close to the same $32 million guarantee he had against Robert Guerrero in 2013. ESPN's Dan Rafael later confirmed Mayweather and Maidana's purses:
"Mayweather will earn a minimum guaranteed purse of $32 million for his welterweight unification fight
Maidana's official purse is a career-high $1.5 million, but he also will earn more. He will make additional money from Argentina television rights and also has a chance to earn additional money depending on how well the pay-per-view performs."
Of course, that figure doesn't factor in all the money Mayweather will receive once the pay-per-view numbers are calculated. He makes out like a bandit every time.
For Maidana, there's good news. He's not going to leave Las Vegas with as much cash as Mayweather, but this was easily the highest-profile fight of his career. All those new eyeballs means more money in his pocket.
"El Chino" isn't going to earn nearly as much as Mayweather, which is the price of being the No. 2 fighter on a card with the biggest star in the sport, but it's still a vast sum that most people would be able to retire on.
Rafael also provided a pre-fight statement from chief executive of Mayweather Promotions Leonard Ellerbe:
It's just a testament to what he brings to sports, not just boxing. He's a terrific entertainer and he is the reason why this arena will be packed and why there will be a million-plus (buys on pay-per-view) -- because it's all about the Mayweather experience.
This fight also raised Maidana's profile to a point where now he will be able to keep getting nice paydays moving forward. He may not reach these dizzying heights again, barring a rematch, but it opened up a world of possibilities moving forward.
As for Mayweather, as long as he keeps fighting, he's going to continue piling up major paydays. He's one of the greatest fighters of his time, and as his career slowly winds down, each potential fight will compel fans to watch him in the ring, regardless of his opponent.
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