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29 November 2023

Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather title showdown $300 million

In this September 3, 2014 file photo, Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao gestures on arrival for a press conference with fellow boxer Chris Algieri in Los Angeles, California. (AFP)

By Agencies

The richest boxing fight in history between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather is getting even bigger with promoter Bob Arum projecting the total purse could hit $300 million.

The May 2 mega fight in Las Vegas on May 2 is set to double the pay-per-view record of 2.4 million, according to a report in Daily Mail.

Mayweather and Pacquiao who have agreed to a 60-40 split could be laughing all the way to the bank after the 'Fight of the Century'.

Arum is predicting a "$300 million distribution" which mean Mayweather will get $180m and Pacquiao $120m, up from the earlier projections of a $200 million Super Fight.

"We are looking at four to five million (PPV) buys," says Arum.

Meanwhile, Rapper 50 Cent is prepared to stake $1.6 million on Mayweather beating Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Arena.


Manny Pacquiao called his boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather "the fight of my life" as he got down to work pounding the streets and gym in Los Angeles.

The eight-division world champion cranked into serious preparations for the May 2 fight after flying in for his training camp from his native Philippines.

On Monday, Pacquiao ran two miles (3.2 km) and shadow-boxed for two rounds, followed by abdominal work and breakfast of steamed rice, scrambled egg, fish and chicken broth.

Then he napped until noon and had lunch before heading to trainer Freddie Roach's Wild Card Gym, which is strictly off-limits to fans and media during Pacquiao's sessions.

"I will prepare hard for this fight to give the boxing fans the kind of entertainment they want. This is what I consider the real fight of my life," said Pacquiao, 36.

Pacquiao (57-5 with two drawn and 38 knock-outs) will face Mayweather (47-0 with 27 knock-outs) in Las Vegas in a fight long craved by boxing fans.

Reports say they will split about $200 million from the welterweight clash between two men considered the best 'pound-for-pound' boxers of their generation.

Pacquiao has plunged into training after arriving from the Philippines, where his distractions include playing professional basketball and a seat in the national congress.

He apologised for ducking a crowd of journalists at LA airport after immigration officials whisked him out of a back door on Saturday.

"The head of the immigration in LA led us to the backdoor. So I was not aware that many journalists were already waiting for us outside," Pacquiao said.

"My heartfelt apology to all of them."

The devout Christian attended a Bible service on Sunday before beginning his training in earnest the following morning.

Pacquiao's preparations are under way without Roach, who is in Macau for Chinese fighter Zou Shiming's world title shot on Saturday.

Conditioning coach Justin Fortune and assistant trainers Buboy Fernandez and Flash Fernandez are present, along with others including Pacquiao's younger brother Bobby.