MANILA, Philippines – Despite a controversial loss, Manny Pacquiao is still a winner money-wise, reportedly taking home at least US$26 million from his fight against Timothy Bradley.
The figure was reported by Forbes magazine on Sunday, June 10, making him earn more than any other athlete except for another boxer, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
In the past 12 months, Mayweather had a combined $85-M from his past two fights, the magazine reported.
His most recent fight, against Juan Manuel Marquez back in November 2011, earned him at least $22 million, pay-per-view sales not included.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao’s loss to Bradley will “damage” the potential for a Pacquiao face-off with Mayweather Jr.
“Pacquiao’s loss, even if many felt he won, definitely takes some air out of any future fight with Mayweather,” Forbes’ Kurt Badenhausen wrote, adding that a rematch with Bradley will push the calendar further back.
Another problem arising would be the age of the two boxers, Badenhausen wrote, because both Pacquiao and Mayweather have flirted with the idea of retiring soon. Both boxers are in their mid-30s.
These, the writer said, combined with the continued arguments over revenue shares from a possible megafight, will keep the two boxers away from each other for some time. – Rappler.com
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