Purse figures are out for Saturday night's HBO pay-per-view card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, headlined by Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley III. Here's a look at the numbers. Keep in mind this is just what is officially on the sheets from the Nevada commission.
Pacquiao vs Bradley
The sheet says that Manny Pacquiao has a $7,000,000 purse, and Tim Bradley a $4,000,000 purse. Both do share in pay-per-view revenues, as well, and Pacquiao has received at least a $20 million guarantee for all fights for the last several years, and the "guarantee" numbers going around are $20 million for Pacquiao and $6 million for Bradley, which make sense and would be right about normal. The well-below-guarantee number for Pacquiao is also entirely normal, but I suppose I can't stop anyone from insisting that Pacquiao will only make a measly $7 million because that's what the sheet says. That's also how we know that Beibut Shumenov and others have made $1 for past fights in Nevada. That's not a typo.
Pay-per-view undercard fights
Arthur Abraham will make $500,000 for his WBO super middleweight title defense against Gilberto Ramirez, who has a purse of $140,000. Ramirez, 24, is the undefeated mandatory challenger for the belt. The 36-year-old Abraham is looking to make his sixth successful defense of the belt that he won in 2014 from Robert Stieglitz.
This is also Abraham's first fight on American soil since 2011, when he lost to Andre Ward in Oakland during Showtime's Super Six World Boxing Classic. It will be just the fourth time he's fought in the United States overall, and just his sixth fight outside of Germany overall, with his other "away" fights coming in Switzerland and Finland. It's the first world title opportunity for Ramirez, a Top Rank prospect and emerging contender.
Top featherweight prospect Oscar Valdez and former titleholder Evgeny Gradovich will each make $100,000 for their fight. Junior welterweight prospect Jose Ramirez will make $75,000 in the pay-per-view opener, compared to $34,000 for his opponent, Manny Perez.
- Oleksandr Gvozdyk ($12,500) vs Nadjib Mohammedi ($30,000)
- Brad Solomon ($35,000) vs Konstantin Ponomarev ($32,500)
- Egis Kavaliauskas ($7,500) vs Deniz Ilbay ($12,000)
- Leon Bauer ($1,500) vs TBA
- Devin Haney ($3,000) vs Rafael Vazquez ($2,000)