By Clive Bernath: Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao may not have swapped punches in the boxing ring just yet but the undefeated American has struck the first knockout blow (financially at least) by leaving Pacquiao standing when it comes to earning a pile of the green stuff.
According to the latest poll on financial website forbes.com ’Money’ Mayweather is ranked No. 31 on the sport and celebrity list, grossing a whopping $65 million last year compared to Pacquiao’s $42 million, which earned him a 55 ranking .
According to Forbes, Mayweather Jr grossed $25 million for his comeback fight against Juan Manuel Marquez last September and an astonishing $40 million for his impressive destruction of Shane Mosley this past May. The Mosley fight generated 1.4 million ppv buys, making it the second most lucrative non-heavyweight fight in history after Mayweather’s 2007 12 round points win over Oscar De La Hoya.
Whilst not generating anywhere near the financial windfall of the ‘Money Man’ Filipino hero Pacquiao still banked a very respectable $42 million in 2009-2010. $35 Million reportedly came from his two fights against Miguel Cotto and Joshua Clottey.
Though not official as yet it looks like the on off ‘Super Fight’ between the two best boxers in the world could be happening on November 13. Reports indicate that the random blood testing issue that caused the fight to be scrapped earlier in the year has now been resolved. Having said that further media reports suggest Mayweather Jr is now demanding a 60-40 split in his favour as apposed to the original 50/50 agreement back in March.
Mayweather Jr argues that he is the main draw here and all the financial facts seem to back that up but the simple fact is without Pacquiao there is no ‘Super Fight’ and visa versa. So may I suggest that all concerned swallow their prides and give every boxing fan on the planet the fight they want? There is no other fight remotely approaching ‘Super Fight’ status so this fight must happen not only for the sake of the fans but also for the entire boxing industry as a whole.
After all said and done, there will be so many noughts on the end of both fighters checks after this fight that it is certain to not only become the highest grossing non heavyweight fight in ppv history, but both Mayweather and Pacquiao can fully expect a steady climb up Forbes’ ranking in 2011.
June 29, 2010