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Pacquiao vs Rios purse: Breakdown of handsome earnings

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According to Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, Manny Pacquiao's guaranteed purse for Saturday night's bout against Brandon Rios is $18 million USD. And depending on the success of the live gate and pay-per-view (PPV) buys, the Filipino superstar could leave Macau having earned upwards of $30 million for his services.

(Image courtesy of Top Rank)

Brandon Rios will pocket $4 million, by far the largest sum of his professional career.

$30 million? How is that possible?

Although Floyd Mayweather has proved he's boxing undisputed cash king, Manny Pacquiao remains a major draw, despite back-to-back losses last year.

PacMan dropped a hotly-disputed split decision to Tim Bradley last summer and was knocked cold by a seemingly hurt and desperate Juan Manuel Marquez six months later in a bout Manny was starting to dominate.

Neither defeat is your typical loss in boxing and many still insist Bradley and Marquez got lucky, albeit in different ways.

Moreover, Manny Pacquiao remains one of the most popular, most celebrated athletes in the world. And while a loss or two can devalue a superstar's stock, it'll take a lot more than two seemingly wacky defeats to detail the 'Pac Train.'

Pacquiao vs Rios Purses: How do they compare?
Since we don't know how much revenue will be generated by the live gate or PPV, we'll compare and contrast this bout's 'guaranteed' purses to non-heavyweight superfights over the last two years.

Pacquiao vs Rios
Nov 23, 2013
Pacquiao: $18 million, Rios: $4 million

Bradley vs Marquez
Oct 12, 2013
Marquez: $6 million, Bradley: $4.1 million

Mayweather vs Canelo
Sept 14, 2013
Mayweather: $41.5 million, Alvarez: $12 million

Mayweather vs Guerrero
May 4, 2013
Mayweather: $32 million, Guerrero: $3 million

Pacquiao vs Marquez IV
Dec 7, 2012
Pacquiao: $25 million, Marquez: $3 million

* As the B-side fighter, JMM had an unusually high percentage of PPV and live gate income and probably earned more than double his guarantee

Martinez vs Chavez Jr
Sept 15, 2012
Martinez: $1.4 million, Chavez Jr: $3 million

No, that's not a misprint

Pacquiao vs Bradley
June 6, 2012
Pacquiao: $26 million, Bradley: $5 million

Mayweather vs Cotto
May 5, 2012
Mayweather: $32 million, Cotto: $8 million

Pacquiao vs Marquez III
Nov 12, 2011
Pacquiao: $22 million, Marquez: $5 million

Purse Takeaways
  • If Pacquiao vs Rios is a PPV success, Manny's paycheck will be comparable to his 2011 and 2012 single fight earnings
  • If the bout's PPV numbers don't exceed expectations, Manny will take a small earnings hit versus his bouts in the previous two years
  • Rios' $4 million purse is 320 percent greater than his highest purse to date ($1.25 million, Rios vs Alvarado 2)
  • As Saturday's B-side fighter, Rios will earn more than both combatants for Chavez Jr vs Martinez  
  • Despite losing to Marquez, Manny's guarantee is threefold that of JMM's for the latter's PPV bout against Bradley last month
  • Pacquiao is still far and away boxing's No. 2 wage-earner


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