Floyd Mayweather is going to make $41.5 million for his upcoming fight against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, regardless of the outcome. Let that sink in for a moment.
This new pay day will break the previous purse record, which is of course also held by Mayweather, who raked in $32 million after his fight with Miguel Cotto back in May of 2012. ‘Money’ has also already scored big in 2013, as he earned another $32 mil in May, so in total he’s set to bring in $73.5 million in purse money this year.
Like it or not, and I most certainly don’t, but Mayweather is the face of boxing at this point. Most call it a dying sport, which is true in some regards, but as long as Money is in the ring, boxing will stay alive. The guy draws people in, puts butts in seats and simply brings in exactly what his nickname says.
Mayweather has yet to lose a professional fight (44-0), and you’d think a guy that good would be more of a hero figure. Money, however, is just not that guy. Maybe it’s his smug attitude or cockiness, but a lot of people like myself just find it hard to root for him. In fact, I’ll be rooting hard for Alvarez to give Money his first loss. But on the other hand, you could argue that his undefeated streak is the best thing left in boxing.
Unfortunately, the fight that everyone wants to see (Mayweather/Pacquiao), doesn’t seem very likely to happen at this point. Many have touted it as the fight that could save boxing, and while that’s also very unlikely, it’s still a fight that everyone would want to watch. At least for one night, boxing would be back to the good old days.
Pacquiao is currently preparing for a November fight against Brandon Rios.