He is one of the top boxers in the world but he is one underpaid superstar in boxing. Yep folks Manny Pacquiao might be the no.1 pound per pound in ratings but he doesn’t even get half of the purse on what other underrated superstars have.
Michael Marley is one of the most noted columnist in boxing who manages boxing confidential made a serious allegation that Manny before the Barrera rematch threatens to back out because of the purse he is receiving. The result ended with Manny’s lawyer Franklin Jacal challenging Marley into a fight in the ring. (I would definitely vote this for fight of the year) But after all the emotions boiled down they all both come into senses and made peace…otherwise it would be a one sided match between a 200 plus lb fighter against a 160 lb Jacal.
Marley does made a point that eventhough Manny is making about 3 million dollars plus share of PPV’s he is still an underpaid superstar.
With making HBO ppv sales reach to a top mark. Manny should demand more money in his next bout.
Floyd Mayweather is an undefeated fighter who doesn’t draw a crowd but stays on top of the lb per lb list. He is receiving about 10 Million dollars in his next bout against fellow undefeated Ricky Hatton. Ricky in his part is receiving about 8 Million dollars on the upcoming bout against Floyd. So if you put it in a right perspective. Floyd Mayweather is a boring fighter and Ricky Hatton is a relatively unknown boxer in some parts of the world is receiving more money than Pacman. Pacquiao brought back the crowd in boxing and brought the intensity and the excitement in the arena. He could fill any arena he wanted to fight so why not top rank and Golden boy spend more money in his fights rather than those boring and lesser income generating fights.
So I won’t be surprised if Pacquiao demands more money in his next fight after all he is the superstar in boxing otherwise those threats of backing up will now be true-life not mere allegations.