The world sat engrossed and immersed in the preparations for the Las Vegas showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. But following 12 rounds of boxing between these two iconic sportsmen—after which Mayweather was named a unanimous victor on the judge’s scorecard—the world was left a little underwhelmed.
While the action in the ring wasn’t quite as gripping as many expected, there was plenty aside from the 36 minutes of fighting to set this sporting occasion apart from the vast majority of others—perhaps most pertinently, the ludicrous sums of money associated with it.
So with that in mind, here’s a closer examination of the prize money payouts that each man will receive after this glitzy showpiece and a closer look at how things went down at the MGM Grand on the night.
Mayweather-Pacquiao Purse a Reported $300 Million
The official amount earned by each of these two boxing icons has not been officially confirmed, but according to Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes, the total purse is circa $300 million. According to the piece, Mayweather stands to earn a whopping $180 million of that, with Manny taking home a comparatively humble $120 million.
Badenhausen put the earnings into context with how much Pacquiao was making when he first burst onto the scene: "Pacquiao turned pro in 1995 at the age of 16," he wrote. "He defeated Edmund Enting Ignacio in a four-round unanimous decision. His paycheck for that first win: 100 Philippine pesos or about $2."
For just over half an hour of competitive action, the payouts are simply astonishing. But when you consider just how significant this fight was not only in the boxing stratosphere, but for millions of people around the world, it’s little surprise this event became so lucrative.
Indeed, as we can see here, courtesy of Bleacher Report UK, anyone who is anyone did their utmost to get to Las Vegas for the fight:
With so many wealthy faces in situ at the MGM Grand, it’s staggering to ponder how the earnings for Floyd and Manny from this one fight dwarf a lot of what those watching would earn in years.
Darren Rovell of ESPN posted a graphic illustrating just how much these two fighters recouped per round as the fight moved toward a conclusion:
$120 million will be scant consolation for Pacquiao, however. The Filipino was outclassed throughout the majority of this fight, as he failed to showcase the requisite intensity to maneuver around Floyd’s jab and land his ferocious punches in bunches. As such, Mayweather was forensic in his dissection of Manny in the latter rounds.
However, speaking to AudioBoom after the bout, Pacquiao claimed he felt as though he’d done enough to win on the scorecards:
But there are few who will agree with that assessment, as Mayweather extended his perfect professional record to 48 wins from 48 fights. While he may not be to everyone’s taste, this is a showdown that was billed as his toughest yet, and he came through it with the kind of poise you would expect of a man who claims to be the greatest boxer in history.
As noted here by BBC 5 live Sport, his career earnings are now entering stratospheric territory:
Plenty will balk at the frankly obscene amounts being bandied about in the prelude and the aftermath of this fight. But the longstanding needle, the five-year wait and the undisputed quality of both Mayweather and Pacquiao was always going to make this sporting occasion a money-spinning one.
The entire planet stood still for it, and it’s unique to have a spectacle that commands that kind of gravitas. Granted, the fight didn’t live up to the chaotic hyperbole that was conjured in the days leading up to the MGM Grand date, but it’s certainly one that will live long in the memory and a bout that has thrust boxing back to the forefront of the sporting landscape.