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Floyd Mayweather's next fight: Manny Pacquiao may facilitate easy pay day

Lee Cleveland Updated
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Less than a week after welterweight champion and fight icon Floyd Mayweather staved off the rugged, hard-hitting Marcos Maidana, there's already discussion of who the boxing legend should face next. Although Mayweather's September 2013 fight with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez was the most profitable boxing and sporting event of all-time, his three other bouts, since signing a lucrative six fight deal with Showtime/CBS in February 2013, have yielded modest returns.

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Earlier today, there were unconfirmed reports Floyd's rematch against Marcos Maidana generated 925,000 PPV buys. By all accounts, that would be a huge success for any boxing superstar... Unless his name is Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Prior to teaming up with Showtime/CBS, Floyd's PPVs were generating well over one million buys, consistently.

Certainly, the network had hoped Floyd, at the very least, would garner 1.2 - 1.5 million buys per event. As a result, the pressure is on Showtime/CBS to get the numbers up as Floyd has only two more bouts left on his contract.

So long as Manny Pacquiao defeats Chris Algieri in November, Mayweather vs Pacquiao superfight would still be the biggest in boxing history. Given the revenue from Mayweather vs Canelo probably covered for Floyd's bout with Robert Guerrero, which yielded only 800,000, Mayweather vs Pacquiao would undoubtedly cover for Floyd's two bouts with Marcos Maidana and his farewell bout in September 2015.

Simply put, the income from two smashing, record-setting events would likely offset the less-than-spectacular returns generated by Floyd's fights with Guerrero and Maidana - AND still give Mayweather the opportunity to earn $30 million plus in an easy farewell showcase in September.

Not bad, huh?

Regardless of whether Floyd defeats Manny, Mayweather vs Pacquiao would be a win-win for Team Mayweather and Showtime/CBS. Floyd would earn a ridiculous purse while Showtime/CBS will have received the superfight they'd always wanted. Such a bout would be a major heist for the network.

After fighting Manny Pacquiao, Floyd will have earned the right - and the money - for a farewell showcase against a mediocre, non-threatening opponent whose style would be made-to-order for him.

Following 3-4 million buys for Mayweather vs Pacquiao, would Showtime/CBS really care who Floyd fought next? So what if his final bout only racked-up 500,000 purchases?

Fighting Manny Pacquiao next may give Floyd the opportunity to stage an easy showcase for his proverbial swan song.


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