The purses for this Saturday’s huge pay-per-view clash at the MGM Grand between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana have been revealed this week as the fighter’s go through their pre-fight rituals.
It’s no surprise that Mayweather is guaranteed a whopping $32m for his part in the proceedings, but what does come as a slight eyebrow-raiser is opponent Maidana’s paltry $1.5m minimum.
The Argentine, who’s face is splashed all over the posters alongside Mayweather for his defining night, has been levelled off with co-main event participant Amir Khan, who takes home the same fee at face value.
Once the PPV numbers are crunched, Maidana can expect to bank somewhere in the region of $5m, although not placing him in a higher bracket than an undercard fighter in Khan is somewhat of a slap in the face for the current WBA welterweight title holder.
Khan’s opponent Luis Collazo’s payday is obviously far less at $350,000, but shows the high regard the Briton is held in Stateside as he can command a cheque as high when not the headlining act.
Adrien Broner, who meets Carlos Molina on ‘The Moment’ in his comeback bid after losing to Maidana, is himself due to net $1.25m as he makes his first move at the light-welterweight limit.
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer has already stated that he is hopeful that the event could make more capital than Mayweather and Canelo’s ‘The One’ clash last September, but that may be a tough call with all things considered.
Only time will tell.
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