Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Purse: Breaking Down Both Fighters' Prize Money Payouts

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistMay 3, 2015

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 02:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. celebrates the unanimous decision victory during the welterweight unification championship bout on May 2, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The richest fight in boxing history saw Floyd Mayweather beat Manny Pacquiao via unanimous decision on Saturday evening to earn the biggest purse prize of his career to date.

In the buildup to Saturday's bout, Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes reported the fight could be worth $300 million between the two fighters depending on its pay-per-view success, with Mayweather claiming a 60 percent share.

Bleacher Report gave their immediate reaction to Saturday's result:

That massive prize purse would equate to a gargantuan $180 million payday for Money, whose nickname has never looked more appropriate in the wake of such a lucrative triumph against Pacquiao.

If there were any underlying doubts in the demand for this fixture, the Daily Mail confirmed pay-per-view figures sent providers into "meltdown," and even threatened to disrupt the fight going ahead at all:

One would imagine that kind of viewership will most certainly see Mayweather and Pacquiao reach the $300 million prescribed by Badenhausen, with the latter settling for just $120 million of that figure.

BreatheSport breaks down Mayweather's record-breaking payment, which works out at an eye-watering $83,333 for each minute spent in the ring after going the full 12 rounds:

In actuality, the final figures could come to be even more than that between his fee for merely taking part, the endorsements and sponsors paying to have their name emblazoned upon one of boxing's greatest.

Mayweather was quoted by Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated saying he'll actually break the $200 million mark, furthering his status as a groundbreaker in boxing and sport in general:

It is worth pointing out Mayweather will have expenses of his own after the bout, but Dan Rafael of ESPN attested to the nine-figure sum handed to the 48-0 icon for Saturday's success:

Although Pac-Man was forced to settle with the lesser share of the prize purse, $120 million is a magnificent payout for Saturday's loser, who fought through an injury to his right shoulder, confirmed by Tim Dahlberg of The Associated Press.

Especially when one considers Pacquiao was paid a grand sum of 100 Philippine pesos for his first professional fight 20 years ago—equal to $2—according to Badenhausen.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - MAY 03:  Filipinos watch the fight for free between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao at a public plaza on May 3, 2015 in Marikina City, Philippines. Mayweather Jr. won the unanimous decision victory during the welterweight unifica
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Back then, at the age of 16, Pacquiao was still attempting to carve out a living from the sport that would one day enable him to aid his native land tremendously, ascending to the position of congressman.

Laceup Boxing breaks down Pacquiao's payout by the numbers, showing just how far the 36-year-old has come from his humble beginnings:

With the careers of both veterans gradually ebbing into their twilight days, only time will tell whether either fighter will come to surpass the numbers earned thanks to Saturday's match.

However, one would be hard-pressed to imagine Mayweather accepting a step down in earnings before he hangs up his gloves, perhaps going on to tear up the record books one last time.

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