Mayweather vs Maidana 2: Purse salariesWritten by Leroy Cleveland
So how much money will the principles make?
Mayweather, the highest paid athlete in the world according to Forbes, will receive a minimum of $32 million based on data from Nevada State Athletic Commission yesterday.
Of course, the above sum is Floyd's minimum purse. He stands to earn more depending on income generated from pay-per-view (PPV) sales, foreign television sales, sponsorships, merchandise and closed circuit revenue.
It's possible the fighter dubbed 'Money' may pocket over $40 million after all of the receipts are tallied.
Tonight's challenger, Argentine Marcos Maidana, will earn a minimum payout of $3 million, doubling his guarantee for Mayweather vs Maidana 1 in May. But don't feel bad for Maidana because he collected royalties from Argentine television rights as well as an additional $1.5 million for adhering to Mayweather's last-minute request when the camps disagreed on what type of gloves the Argentine would wear.
Tonight's bout will be Mayweather's fourth in his lucrative six-fight deal with Showtime/CBS.
Last September, Floyd Mayweather vs. Saúl 'Canelo' Álvarez was the most profitable boxing and sporting event of all-time generating nearly $150 million in U.S. pay-per-view revenue. Tickets were in such high-demand, some were being sold online for nearly $30,000.
For that bout, Mayweather's guaranteed purse minimum was $41.5 million.