Purses for “Mayhem”: Mayweather $32M, Maidana $3M, Angulo $500K
(Photo credit: Idris Erba/Stephanie Trapp/Mayweather Promotions) By Dan Ambrose: WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) is getting big bank for his rematch against Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) on Saturday night. Mayweather will be getting a guaranteed $32 million for the fight, and that’s not counting the pay-per-view money. Maidana will be making $3 million. That’s big money in Argentina where Maidana lives.
In what is a real surprise in terms of purses is middleweight Alfredo Angulo getting $500,000 for his fight against James De La Rosa. Angulo has been knocked out in his last two fights, and looked totally shot in his last fight in taking one-way punishment against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez last March.
With the way Angulo has looked it’s hard to see him deserving a $500,000 payday for this fight. It’s also difficult to see him fighting on the televised portion of a Mayweather card, period. De Las Rosa will be getting $43,000 for his efforts. He might feel better afterwards if he beats Angulo because at least he’ll have the victory.
Former two division world champion Humberto Soto will be getting $150,000 for his fight against the hard hitting John Molina. That’s good money for Soto, who hasn’t picked up a significant win for a number of years since he gave up his WBC lightweight title in 2011. But you’ve got to go back all the way to 2010 to see where Soto beat his last high quality opponent in Urbano Antillon.
All of Soto’s wins since then have come against weaker opposition. That’s what it’s hard to know how Soto will do against a relevant guy like Molina. All we know is that Soto tried to step it up in 2012 against Lucas Matthysse and he was easily knocked out in 5 rounds in that fight.
Matthysse was just too strong and he made Soto look like an old man. That was 2 years ago, and now Soto is 34. I have a feeling that Molina is going to run over Soto and have too much youth and power for him.
Molina will be getting $125,000. He’s coming off of a knockout loss to Lucas Matthysse in his last fight in April of this year.
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