The Pay-Per-View Numbers Are In For Mayweather-Pacquiao, And Everyone’s Super Rich

Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Manny Pacquiao
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Everyone knew the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight would make historic amounts of money. The final numbers are in, and it exceeded most reasonable expectations.

So, for one night’s work (leaving aside the weeks of training), Floyd Mayweather made more money than Clayton Kershaw, MLB’s highest-paid pitcher, will over the life of the seven-year contract he signed last year ($215 million). That kind of rate is why “Money” was Forbes‘ Richest Athlete in the World even before the money came in from this fight, with exactly zero sponsorship dollars. I’d say it’s a fair bet he keeps that title the next time the list is updated.

Of course, Floyd’s advantage over Kershaw and other team-sports athletes is that there isn’t an owner deciding his salary; the people who watch him fight pay to do so. And a lot of people watched him fight Manny Pacquiao.

Of course, Pacquiao’s payday is nothing to sniff at, but there’s a reason Mayweather is the one who will dictate if there’s a rematch. Despite all the (justified) controversy and moral uncertainty, he remains the only boxer whose fame transcends the sport. He and his wallet remain undefeated.