Manny Pacquiao purse for Bradley fight: 'Pacman' taking pay cut for rematch, 'Desert Storm' getting a raise [VIDEO]
Where once Manny Pacquiao was considered Floyd Mayweather's equal both in the ring and at the box office, Pacman's fallen on "hard times" these days as he's expected to take a pay cut for his rematch this Saturday with Timothy Bradley.
Don't cry for poor Manny just yet--he's slated to earn a cool $20 million to step in the ring with the undefeated "Desert Storm," but that is still $6 million less than he took in the first time these two faced off. Bradley, on the other hand, will be making $6 million for the fight, up $1 million from their first bout.
The news of Pacquiao's decreased earnings, even if the $20 million mark is nothing to sneeze at, gives some credence to Mayweather's barbs regarding his hardline stances when it comes to fighting his greatest rival.
At the most recent swell of clamoring for Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, Mayweather slammed Pacman's earning power and mocked his tax woes. "He don't need to be focused on Floyd Mayweather. He need to be focused on that tax business. I don't knock him for doing it, but all the cards are in my hand...Let's talk facts! If he's on the same level as me, let's see his pay-per-view numbers."
As a comparison, when Mayweather fought Canelo Alvarez on September 14 in 2013 he walked away with $41.5 million before all the pay-per-view numbers were tallied.
If Pacquiao is able to convincingly defeat Bradley, however, he could very easily regain his stature. Pacquiao is one of the most popular fighters in boxing history, and his past exploits have certainly not been forgotten. Regardless of Mayweather's taunts, there isn't a more lucrative fight for either fighter than taking one another on.
Should both fighters get through their upcoming opponents, each side should consider putting away their differences and touching gloves.
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