It’s been estimated, pretty much official at this point, that Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao is going to be the highest grossing boxing match of all time.
The projected purse looks to be around $300 million – with Mayweather and Pacquaio splitting it 60-40 (respectively). According to those numbers, Floyd will pocket around $180 million and Manny the remaining $120 million. That is an obnoxious amount of money.
But, what if Floyd Mayweather threw the fight for more?
Sitting at an unblemished 47-0, Floyd “Money” Mayweather is the undisputed king of boxing right now. Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2) has long been regarded as his biggest threat for defeat, sparking one of the best rivalries in sports despite never stepping in the ring together.
The debate about who’s the better fighter has been (uselessly) tossed around for years. May 2nd is the day we finally have an answer. Or so we so readily think.
If Mayweather wins, it’s the end of the debate.
General understanding is that if Pacquaio were to upset Floyd Mayweather, that the undisputed champ would ask for a rematch to avenge his lone career loss, while the consensus believes that “Money” would retire should he win.
Remember, Floyd Mayweather strongly considered retirement after upsetting Oscar De La Hoya in 2007, saying, “I have nothing left to prove in this sport anymore.” If he thought he had nothing left to prove after beating The Golden Boy, he’d officially have proven everything there is to prove after a victory over Manny.
Now, if Floyd loses, there will almost certainly be a rematch. And a rematch would garner as much, if not more, hype than the original. And assuming he wins the rematch, there will almost certainly be a third and final rubber match.
I know this is hypothetical, but think of it through the lens of Floyd’s career record. After leaving the ring victorious 47 straight times, I think it’s safe to predict that losing back-to-back fights isn’t in the cards.
Meaning that this rivalry would almost 100 percent reach the peak of a three-fight series. And a three-fight series would generate an unholy amount of money.
From the Mayweather perspective, you run into a few speed bumps that may detract those who don’t believe in conspiracy theories.
For instance, there would be the concern of a potential rematch giving Manny Pacquaio more leverage in money negotiations. Should this come to fruition, Paq-Man would likely argue for a 50/50 split of the purse, something that won’t tickle Floyd’s fancy.
However, considering the purse would also likely increase, and you have to imagine Floyd’s take would likely mirror the first fight.
Fight 1: $180M, $120M (60/40)
Fight 2: $200M, $200M (50/50)
Fight 3: $250M, $250M (50/50)
It’s not rocket science. The longer the fire stays lit under this rivalry, the more money it will produce. People are going off their rockers for the first match. If undefeated Floyd loses, they’ll go bananas to see if he can avenge his loss. If the head-to-head record is 1-1, people will pay out the ass to see who wins the final (ever) match between them.
And Floyd knows that. He sees dollar signs every time he opens his eyes in the morning.
Floyd is and always will be about the money. He’ll claim the undefeated record means something to him, but it doesn’t. If it did, every single picture he posted on Instagram wouldn’t be of the $10 million jet he owns.
Here’s another wrinkle to the story: Don’t overlook Floyd Mayweather’s fetish for high-stakes sports betting. It seems like Floyd lays down a couple million every week during the college football season. How far-out is it to hypothesize, given resource, his ability to launder a high priced bet on his opponent?
Floyd Mayweather’s financial means have allowed him to place eight-figure bets in the past. A $10 million bet on Manny Pacquiao at his current +170 price would yield Mayweather an extra $17 million.
All he would be doing is doubling down. Unlikely? Yes. Possible? Yes.
And that’s just Floyd. Imagine what a rematch would mean for the MGM Grand. If you didn’t know, the MGM Grand is currently under construction on a brand new arena called the MGM AEG Arena – expected to be completed in early 2016. Ironic, because that would align perfectly with Mayweather-Pacquiao II.
They could probably sell the entire construction cost in ticket sales that night. With that being said, at the end of the day, what’s more important? Perfection or money?
Would you rather go 48-0 and make $180M, or go 49-1 and make close to $600M?
I think Floyd’s nickname answers that question for you.