Sports fans will be extremely busy on Saturday, May 2. That day will feature a variety of major events: the Kentucky Derby, the NBA and NHL playoffs, Red Sox versus Yankees and even the NFL draft.
But nothing is going to compare to the event that will trump them all: Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas, which is on pace to shatter all boxing revenue records. According to some estimates, Mayweather is expected to receive a payout of around $120 million from the event, and that's after every other party gets its cut.
Pay-per-view subscriber numbers might hit three to four million people, which itself is a bet. The online gambling site Bovada is running an over/under of 3.15 million subscribers. With pay-per-view prices potentially reaching $100, call that $315 million of very likely revenue. Add in international rights, replay rights, sponsorships and in-person ticket sales, the fight could see over $400 million in revenue.
Approximately half that $400 million would go to the television operators and producers, with the other half—or $200 million—being split as the purse between the two fighters. Mayweather, whose nickname is "Money," and Pacquiao have already agreed to a 60/40 purse split. If the subscriber numbers, ticket sales and sponsorship figures come in even higher, then the fighters would make even more than that.