Las Vegas, NV, United States (4E Sports) – Floyd Mayweather Jr., will earn a guaranteed purse of $32 million for his welterweight unification bout against Marcos Maidana Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
“It’s just a testament to what he brings to sports, not just boxing,” said Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather’s close friend and chief executive of Mayweather Promotions.
“He’s a terrific entertainer and he is the reason why this arena will be packed and why there will be a million-plus (buys on pay-per-view) — because it’s all about the Mayweather experience,” he added.
Mayweather was the highest-paid athlete in the world for 2013 after earning $73.5 million in minimum purses in his two victories — $32 million against Robert Guerrero in May and $41.5 million against Canelo Alvarez in September.
The Alvarez bout set the all-time boxing revenue record for domestic pay-per-view ($150 million) and live gate (just over $20 million).
Maidana’s official purse is a career-high $1.5 million, but he also will earn more. He will make additional money from Argentina television rights and also has a chance to earn additional money depending on how well the pay-per-view performs.
For the welterweight co-feature, former junior welterweight titlist Amir Khan’s official purse is $1.5 million and former welterweight titleholder Luis Collazo will make $350,000. The winner will be a top candidate to face Mayweather in the fall if he beats Maidana.