Cotto sees himself hauling in $30 million for the Mayweather bout
By Jason Kim: I’m not precisely sure what WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto received for his fight against Manny Pacquiao three years ago, but I seriously doubt it’s as much as Cotto stands to make in his May 5th fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
According to fightnews.com, Cotto sees himself getting as much as $30 million in the mega fight after the pay per view and gate tallies are in. This is from a 65/35 purse split with Mayweather, which is a pretty fair deal.
If the fight does really well on PPV, then Cotto will be sitting pretty with a huge check to deposit after he gets paid. And if Cotto is somehow able to pull off an upset win, he’ll get even more money in a rematch with Mayweather. You know and I know there would absolutely be a rematch involved if Mayweather get beat, because he would immediately be looking to avenge it and boxing fans would scoop up tickets and purchase the fight on PPV in high numbers.
Cotto did really well to sign for the Mayweather fight rather than let himself get pressured into a rematch with Manny Pacquiao, which would have taken place at 147 because of Pacquiao’s refusal to fight over that weight. Cotto would have made a lot of money in that fight as well, but he’d have gone into the bout badly weakened from having to drain down to make the weight.
Rakhim Chakhkiev undergoes successful elbow surgery
Undefeated cruiserweight contender Rakhim Chakhkiev (12-0, 9 KO’s) reportedly underwent successful elbow surgery on his left elbow to remove three bone chips that were floating around in his elbow and causing him pain on Thursday, in Hamburg, Germany, according to fight news. Chakhkiev should be getting out of the hospital soon and will start planning for his next fight. Chakhkiev recently defeated Alexander Kotlobay by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision last month.