Canelo could make $12 million for Mayweather fight
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) is set to make $5 million for his fight this Saturday night against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s), but he could make as much as $12 million for the fight, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.
This $12 million is quite a bit of money for a fighter only 23-years-old having fought only 1 good opponent during his career in Austin Trout. In contrast, Mayweather Jr. is making $41.5 million for the fight, but the difference in experience between them is huge.
Mayweather Jr. has been fighting top level world class opposition since Canelo was 8-years-old. Like I said, Canelo has fought only one world class opponent during his career, and the rest of the others were a mix of fringe level, journeyman fighter and guys that were way over-the-hill.
I honestly don’t think Canelo deserves to get $12 million to Mayweather Jr’s $41.5 million, because 29% of what Mayweather Jr. How is it that Canelo is getting 29% of what Mayweather Jr. is making when he’s only fought 1 good opponent during his career, and his decision over that guy was questionable?
I think a much fairer purse split between Mayweather and Canelo would be for Canelo to receive $3 million to Mayweather Jr’s $41.5 million. That would put Canelo at 7 percent of what Mayweather Jr. is making and I think would be more in line with his actual accomplishments in the ring.
You can’t have a guy like Canelo that has done much less than Mayweather Jr. making almost one-third of what Mayweather Jr. is making. Canelo still needs to prove himself before he starts getting closer to parity. $3 million is more than fair for Canelo.
With Canelo making $12 million for the fight, Mayweather Jr. should ask for his pay to be bumped up another $10 million to $51.5 million because that would be a better figure in terms of actual accomplishment in the ring.
As far as other fighters go on the card, WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia will be making $1.5 million compared to challenger Lucas Matthysse’s $800,000. Those numbers will change in the rematch if Matthysse knocks Garcia out on Saturday like many people expect him to.
IBF junior middleweight champion Ishe Smith will make $225,000 compared to challenger Carlos Molina’s $100,000.