Despite an indisputable fall in popularity from its highest highs, boxing still brings its top stars some huge paydays and it's happening again this weekend with both Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez bringing in some nice pay. While Marquez has taken a small dip in his guaranteed money for this fight from $5 million when the two met in their third fight in 2011, he'll still make out quite well this Saturday.
But Pacquiao will be the one taking home the serious money, as told to Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports:
Pacquiao's guarantee on the Nevada Athletic Commission contract is $8.595 million, executive director Keith Kizer said Wednesday. Marquez will earn a guarantee of $3 million. But pay-per-view boxers like Pacquiao and Marquez earn much more than their guarantees.
Pacquiao will get a large chunk from his upside on HBO Pay-Per-View sales, which are expected to exceed 1 million and could equal the 1.3 million sales he reached for his Nov. 12, 2011, bout with Marquez.
Adding in foreign television money, that will easily put Pacquiao over $25 million, duBoef said.
Early indications are that the PPV has a good chance to meet that 1.3 million buy mark from last year.
Pacquiao is only topped in fight purse payouts by Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather made a guaranteed $32 million for his fight with Miguel Cotto in May, that didn't include his cut of ticket sales, PPV money and a variety of other sources of potential income.
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