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Money Talks: Pacquiao vs Mosley Purses for Main Event and Undercard

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Manny Pacquiao has reason to smile, as he has a $20 million guarantee on Saturday. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Manny Pacquiao has reason to smile, as he has a $20 million guarantee on Saturday. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Dan Rafael reported fight purses for Saturday on his Twitter, so allow me to share with those of you who didn't see them.

Fighter Purse Guarantee
Manny Pacquiao $6M $20M
Shane Mosley $3.95M $5M
Kelly Pavlik $270K
Alfonso Lopez $40K
Wilfredo Vazquez Jr $165K
Jorge Arce $125K
Mike Alvarado $50K
Ray Narh $22.5K

Pacquiao and Mosley's guarantees are just the downside guarantees, and with a successful pay-per-view, both will make over those numbers, which are impressive anyway. If you'd like some kind of reference point for how well Top Rank pays compared to other promoters, and this show compared to other shows, let me remind you that Ricardo Mayorga's purse to face Miguel Cotto in march was $50K -- or what Mike Alvarado is making here in the opening fight of the pay-per-view. Mayorga also lost money to sanctioning fees and the like.

If you'd like a comparison to UFC, Brock Lesnar was the highest-paid athlete there last year, clocking in at $5.3 million.