Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the world’s highest-paid athlete and things are probably going to stay this way now that he’s guaranteed to win $41.5 million for his Sept. 14 junior middleweight unification fight with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
YouWager experts have learned that this new purse shatters the previous record of $32 million, which he set for Mayweather’s May 2012 fight with Miguel Cotto and then tied for his fight this past May against Robert Guerrero. For 2013, the 36 year-old boxer guaranteed purses will total $73.5 million.
The official figure for the Canelo contract won’t be filed with the Nevada State Athletic Commission until next week, most likely the day before the fight, according to commission executive director Keith Kizer.
The fight against Mexico’s Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) is the second bout of a megadeal that Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) signed with Showtime/CBS before the Guerrero fight as he left behind career-long television partner HBO/Time Warner. The 30-month deal is for up to six different fights and worth in the $200 million neighborhood.
The Michigan native’s haul for next week’s fight could wind up even greater than $41.5 million if the pay-per-view, which some online sports betting fans believe can challenge the all-time buy record of 2.44 million and revenue record of more than $130 million that Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya set for their 2007 showdown, goes through the roof and there is still profit after Showtime/CBS makes it into the black.