Most expect Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. to receive a king's ransom for their involvement in their superfight, which is scheduled for May 2. Speaking during ESPN's Friday Night Fights (via BoxingScene.com's Miguel Rivera), Top Rank CEO Bob Arum speculated just how much money the two stars could earn.
"We have to do the math," Arum said. "After adding everything, I think the [amount of money] to distribute will be $300 million—60 percent for Mayweather, which is $180 million, and 40 percent for Pacquiao, which is $120 million."
He added that the number of pay-per-view buys could hit four or five million, which would shatter the record of 2.4 million buys that Mayweather set against Oscar De La Hoya in 2007.
ESPN Boxing posted the extended interview on Twitter. In it, Arum talks about various topics, including how Mayweather vs. Pacquiao came together and what kind of relationship he currently has with Mayweather:
Fans have quite literally waited years to see Mayweather and Pacquiao finally clash. All of the behind-the-scenes wrangling and public potshots between the two fighters did nothing to quell interest.
This is the last must-see event boxing has for the foreseeable future, and few things galvanize the American sporting public like a high-profile prizefight.