Floyd Mayweather takes a lot of heat, for both good and bad reasons, but it's hard to argue with his "Money" nickname. Mayweather will bring in a record $41.5 million guaranteed -- that means not counting what he gets as a promoter, from the PPV sales, and every other thing that he gets a piece of -- for his September 14 fight against Canelo Alvarez.
Mayweather-Canelo is without question going to be the biggest money fight of 2013 and in fact of the last handful of years, the only real question being whether or not this fight makes more money than Floyd's 2007 fight against Oscar De La Hoya, which set records at the gate, in pay-per-view revenue, and in pay-per-view sales.
This fight has already set the new Nevada gate record, which was previously $18.4 million for De La Hoya-Mayweather. Ticket sales will come in over $19.5 million on September 14.
Promoters said during yesterday's conference call that all indications are that this fight will set the new PPV records, too, though Mayweather and Leonard Ellerbe do seem more concerned -- and understandably so -- with the total PPV revenue than the actual number of sales. This fight doesn't need to break the 2.4 million sales mark that Floyd set with Oscar to take down the revenue record, as this fight will be a $75 HD pay-per-view, with HD being a much bigger portion of the average market than it was six years ago, and $65 in standard definition.