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Mayweather vs Ortiz Purse Report: Floyd Guaranteed $25 Million to Ortiz's $2 Million

Victor Ortiz will make "just" $2 million guaranteed tomorrow night. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Victor Ortiz will make "just" $2 million guaranteed tomorrow night. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Floyd Mayweather Jr has a $25 million guarantee for tomorrow night's fight, while opponent and defending WBC welterweight titleholder Victor Ortiz is guaranteed just $2 million.

For comparison's sake, Manny Pacquiao was guaranteed $20 million for his May 7 fight with Shane Mosley, and Mosley was given a $5 million guarantee. Juan Manuel Marquez also has a $5 million guarantee for his November 12 fight with Pacquiao, and a rematch clause should he win that would give him $10 million for a rematch.

Figures for the Vegas undercard:

Erik Morales ($350,000) vs Pablo Cesar Cano ($100,000)

Jessie Vargas ($100,000) vs Josesito Lopez ($30,000)

Needless to say, this is no doubt a career-high payday for everyone but Morales on the undercard.

Ortiz taking "just" $2 million for this fight is a risky move by him and his team. Yes, it's a good payday for him. But he's getting very small money for the size of fight this is. Miguel Cotto made $1 million earlier this year to fight Ricardo Mayorga, and size-wise, that fight wasn't a pimple on the ass of Mayweather vs Ortiz, which is going to pull in well over a million pay-per-view buys and do a huge gate compared to Cotto vs Mayorga. Ortiz could have made close to the same money to fight someone who isn't Floyd Mayweather Jr, so I guess you gotta give him props for taking the $2 mil and the chance of a lifetime.

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