Pacquiao vs Marquez Purse: Huge Guarantee Makes Mayweather Fight Less Likely

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent INovember 13, 2011

Manny Pacquiao's pocketbook is doing just fine without Floyd Mayweather. Pac-Man's purse for his fight is listed at $6 million, but he is guaranteed much more.

According to the Nevada Commission, Pacquiao is guaranteed at $22 million. He will likely make close to $30 million when all is said and done. 

Not bad for a night's work. While this is considerably smaller than the likely record-breaking purse he would receive for a fight with Floyd Mayweather, it is enough that he will not be desperate or eager enough to deal with the difficult Mayweather camp.

There have been numerous holdups keeping this super fight from happening.


The biggest obstacle keeping this fight from happening has been Mayweather's insistence of Olympic-style drug testing.

This problem seems to be dissolving. At least according to Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum.

Arum told the press, and was quoted by Dan Rafael on ESPN:

Olympic testing is OK for this fight, blood and urine, random testing, no problem.

While that is a major hurdle keeping this fight from happening, it is not the only one. There is considerable bad blood between the two.

Mayweather has publicly accused Pacquiao of using PEDs on several occasions. This has led to Pacquiao launching a lawsuit against Mayweather for defamation.

Mayweather's camp also didn't do this fight any favors when Leonard Ellerbe recently announced, and was quoted on ESPN:

We're looking to make the biggest fight possible and everyone knows what that fight is, the little fella.

Bob Arum highlights the ridiculousness of these comments. Arum, as quoted on ESPN:

The way they are going about it seems like a bizarre way to go about it. If you want to put it together, you meet, you talk. You don't just come out and say, 'The fight is May 5 at the MGM.' What kind of negotiation is that? So I don't take what they said seriously.

I think it's Floyd's way of trying to grab a little bit of the spotlight away from Manny. I'm not going to get upset. I take it with a grain of salt.


As you can see from his purse for the Marquez fight, Manny Pacquiao has a huge payday waiting for him no matter who he fights.

This allows him the comfort of not being forced to curtail any of Floyd Mayweather's demands. It also means that the more reasons Mayweather gives him to resent him, the less likely he will be to work out a deal.

If Mayweather continues to give reasons to Pacquiao to not take on this fight, he won't. He can continue to fight opponents like Marquez and do just fine.


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