Pacquiao vs. Mosley: Pacquiao Is Boxing's Cash Cow

Troy SparksColumnistMay 4, 2011

HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 20:  Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines trains on the speed bag during a media workout at the Wild Card Boxing Club on April 20, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Since Floyd Mayweather Jr. isn't cashing in on the Manny Pacquiao cash flow, the Pac Man might as well keep all the money himself.

Shane Mosley is getting less dough than Pacquiao for being a punching bag. The pound-for-pound champ is racking in all the bucks in our own country.

In the May 2 issue of "ESPN's The Magazine's" Money Issue, Pacquiao was listed as the highest paid boxer in 2010. 

For fighting twice, he earned an estimated $32 million. And that doesn't include any income outside of boxing.

The average per capita gross domestic product in the Philippines is $1,747. Pacquiao has enough money to set himself up for life. 

In a poor country like the Philippines, he stands out all by himself.

In Pacquiao's fight against Antonio Margarito, he drew in the neighborhood of 1.4 to 1.5 billion pay-per-view buys.  Just imagine that number tripling if he fought Mayweather.

About 1.4 million people bought in to the fight between Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya.  No matter how you put it, Pacquiao is the new cash cow.  Floyd might say that he could draw more buys in a street fight in Vegas involving himself and Joe Blow.

I want to know if Pacquiao comes over to the United States to make his money then takes it back to his homeland and spread the wealth.

Does anybody want to know if he gets a tax break here? I think that if Pacquiao is making his money in the U.S., he should pay his fair share of taxes.

The IRS is all over Mayweather about his tax problems. No one questions whether Pacquiao is paying taxes here and how much.

There's no problem with Pacquiao earning his payday when he crosses the Pacific. I think somebody should ask if Pacquiao is giving Uncle Sam his cut.

We know that a Shane Mosley vs. Manny Pacquiao fight in the Philippines would generate as much money over there as it would in Vegas.

After the fight is over this Saturday, Pacquiao will take his cash and go back to his country, laughing all the way to the bank. 

And we will be left to ponder if he's ripping us off.