Mayweather to Be All-Time Highest Paid Athlete
We are just one month away from the highly anticipated Mayweather-Pacquiao fight on May 2. If it feels like this fight has been in the works for years, it’s because it has been. They even got close once but Mayweather called Pacquiao’s use of steroids into question. (Pacquiao filed a defamation suit in 2009. It settled out of court in 2012.) All this build up has only added to the flame. It’s done something remarkable: It’s shattering records in a time when MMA rules in the United States and boxing flails in popularity.
Subsequently, the anticipation of this card comes with the pay day to match. Mayweather is expected to make at least $150 million, with Pacquiao pulling in around $100 million. Those numbers will go up with the sales of PPV screenings. This means that Mayweather is set to make more than all-time highest paid athlete record holder Tiger Woods ($125 million* in 2008) in a mere 36 minutes.
Previously, the all-time top five highest earning athletes were Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan. Each were repeat holders, with Woods holding the one, two and five spots for his earnings from 2007 – 2009.
To put Mayweather’s payday into perspective, consider this: Beyonce earned $115 million last year. She was the highest paid musician. That came with exhaustive touring, recording and more. Arguably, she earned this large sum throughout the year. Mayweather is shattering this amount in 36 minutes (or less). That means he could do nothing for the rest of the year and still be the highest-paid athlete of all time.
Will he win in and out of the bank? Who knows? Although Money Mayweather is the favorite, Pacquiao isn’t exactly pushover. Want to watch it live? It’s going to cost you. The median price of a ticket is a knockout $8800.
*Amount accounts for inflation.