Both fighters assuredly took home millions of dollars from Sunday night’s fight, but exactly how many millions of dollars is unknown.
Official purse figures are usually made public by the sanctioning commission, in this case the Florida State Boxing Commission, but since this was an exhibition there are no official figures. Neither fighter nor their representatives have specified how much they are contracted to make, and no credible boxing reporter has reported the numbers.
One website has written, without citing any sources, that Mayweather was guaranteed $10 million and 50 percent of the pay-per-view buys, while Paul was guaranteed $250,000 and 10 percent of the pay-per-view buys. A number of other news websites have repeated those numbers, also without citing any sources.
Mayweather said in March that he could make $100 million or more from the fight, while Paul has said he could make $20 million, but those numbers should probably be taken with a grain of salt.
In a typical fight, pay-per-view revenue is divided roughly evenly. The fighters combined receive about half, while cable and satellite operators and Showtime split the other half. If that split holds for this fight, at a $49.99 price, about 4.8 million would have to buy for Mayweather and Paul to earn $120 million combined from pay-per-view revenue. Considering only one fight in the history of boxing has ever approached those numbers, it seems quite unlikely.
Pay-per-view money is not the only source of revenue from the fight, however. Somewhere around 25,000 people were expected to buy tickets to attend in person, and each fighter certainly earned sponsorship and other revenue from the fight.
The moral of the story? Both Mayweather and Paul are doing just fine.