It’s a fight between Manny and Money.
That’s Rep. Manny Pacquiao of Sarangani and professional pugilist Floyd Mayweather Jr., nicknamed “Money,” who will be battling it out in the most anticipated welterweight fight in Las Vegas, Nevada tomorrow, May 2 (May 3, Manila time).
Dubbed the “fight of the century,” it’s also been called the biggest in terms of cost and possible earnings.
Here’s a numbers list on how the most talked about sports event is breaking cash registers:
US$300 M – Boxers split 60/40 in favor of Mayweather, according to the mirror.co.uk in a report on May 1 (May 2, Manila time).
Mayweather gets to earn US$4,994,681 per minute while Pacquiao pockets US$3,329,787 if they last for 12 rounds.
After taxes, according to a bbc.co.uk report on April30 (May 1, Manila time) Mayweather’s purse will be at least US140M richer; while Pacquiao will pocket at least US$90.
Now that’s a lot of Butterfinger (Manny’s ubiquitous endorsement on his Instagram account)!
In a BBC.com report on April 29 (Thursday, Manila time) Mayweather said: “Financially, he hasn’t been treated right for this fight. And [this fight] is all about the money. Saturday is just work, I’ll just do what I do. But I’ll make upwards of US$200m for this fight, which is US$50m apiece for my kids. So it was a smart move.”
Meanwhile BBC Sports described Philippine congressman Manny Pacquiao a “pauper” compared to other popular sports figures.
In a report on April 30 (May 1, Manila time) the news portal’s sports section ranked the Philippine boxing champ 7th among the richest sports stars, based on a report by Forbes in 2014.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is number 1 with US$105 million, second is football player Christiano Ronaldo (US$80 million), then basketball superstar Le Bron James (US$72.3 million), followed by another football star Lionel Messi (US$64.7 million), also from basketball Kobe Bryant (US$61.5 million), golfer Tiger Woods US$61.20 million and then Pacquiao at US$41.8 million.
Rankings are based on salaries and endorsements.
US$1 million – Cost of the diamond encrusted WBC championship belt, according to a report of independent.co.uk on May 2 (May 3, Manila).
US$90 + US$10 if HD – The steep cost of watching pay-per-view in the U.S., which is the highest in history, according to time.com
US$1,500 to US$10,000 – The much sought after golden tickets were gone in 60 seconds, according to dailymail.co.uk on April 23. Just imagine how much money scalpers are making?
US$900 at least – The cost of a hotel room at MGM Grand where the boxing match will be held according to the hotel’s website.
Other hotels in the Las Vegas strip have followed including the usually very affordable Circus Circus – from US$60 on a regular night to more than US$200.
US$80-US$100M – Amount of money gamblers are expected to bet on according to Nevada Sports books, which is expected to be a knockout, according to a washingtonpost.com on May 1.
Rapper 50 Cent has already promised to wager $1.6 million against Pacman.
US$500k – Amount of money 50 Cent reportedly made for performing at Drai’s club in Las Vegas, a night before the fight, according to dailymail.co.uk.