Whether or not the "Fight of the Century" lived up to the hype, 36 minutes of boxing between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao has generated a record-setting $600 million in revenue, of which "Money" can expect nearly 40 percent.
According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, a source with knowledge of the pay-per-view (PPV) numbers (estimated at 4 million buys) says Mayweather's total for the May 2, 2015, fight against Manny Pacquiao will add up to between $220 million and $230 million. Based on the agreed-upon 60-40 split, Pacquiao could wind up earning a little north of $150 million.
The money awarded to the fighters is a result of a guaranteed $100 million purse, $72 million in ticket sales -- which doesn't include a record $19 million in national closed-circuit revenue at more than 5,000 bars, restaurants and commercial establishments -- and a record $6.9 million in closed-circuit revenue.
Pacquiao's take home pay will drop somewhat after paying off his promoter, Bob Arum and Top Rank, a fee that, as Rovell points out, Mayweather doesn't have since he owns his own promotion company. There have also been more than 40 lawsuits filed against Pacquiao for not disclosing the state of his shoulder injury to the public before fans bought the fight.
With the GDP production of a small country, Mayweather has now generated more than $1.3 billion from 14 PPV fights. The fighter also banked at least $40 million each in his two fights against Marcos Maidana and more than $100 million for his fight against Canelo Alvarez.
Despite all this money, "Money" might have his newly minted WBO Welterweight title stripped for being too cheap to pay the Puerto Rico-based sanctioning body a $200,000 fee by the Friday, July 3, 2015, deadline. Mayweather currently holds the welterweight and super welterweight titles for both the WBA and WBC in addition to the WBO belt.