Did Pacquiao miss out on a $100 million payday against Mayweather?
By Chris Williams: It’s no secret that Manny Pacquiao had an opportunity to get a huge career-high payday against Floyd Mayweather Jr. back in early 2010 when the two fighters had agreed on a 50-50 deal to face each other in what would have been the biggest money fight in boxing history. However, Pacquiao and Mayweather couldn’t agree on the blood testing for the fight causing the fight negotiations to fall apart.
Instead of sticking it out with the negotiations, Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum quickly scheduled a fight for him against one of his Top Rank stable fighters Joshua Clottey in March of 2010. Pacquiao made much less in that fight then what he would have made against Mayweather, and you have to question why Arum didn’t stick it out with the negotiations with Mayweather.
Did Arum assume that he could pick up negotiations with Mayweather at a later date and put the Mayweather-Pacquiao. You can look at this in hindsight and see it as a major blow it move on Arum and Pacquiao’s part by not waiting as long as they could to iron out the Mayweather fight when they had agreeing to a 50-50 deal.
With Mayweather possibly to make $100 million from his fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight last Saturday night, it’s quite possible that Pacquiao could have made $100 million for a fight against Mayweather back in early 2010. The Mayweather-Canelo fight is expected to make $200 million, but a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight likely would have done even better in 2010, possibly as high as $250 million. With the revenue being split 50-50 between Mayweather and Pacquiao, it would have given Pacquiao a $100 million payday.
According to Fortune, Pacquiao’s biggest payday of his career thus far was $25 million he received for his last fight against Juan Manuel Marquez last December. And for Pacquiao’s next fight against Brandon Rios on November 23rd, Pacquiao is scheduled to make $18 million. That’s great money, but I’m sure Pacquiao would have been far better off had he been able to face Mayweather in 2010 and get a possible $100 million. Even if it turned out to be less than that, we’re still talking a much bigger number than the paydays Pacquiao has gotten since that time.