MMA payout vs Boxing
Tomorrow night’s fight between Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley will mark another major Boxing event headlines by the Filipino Phenom.
Pacquiao commands record breaking pay-per-view and live audiences and gates but he is currently the only real major draw in the fading sport dubbed as “The sweet science”. This limits the overall success of the sport and allows the UFC to dwarf boxing in terms of annual pay-per-view buys and gross revenue. As a sport, there is no comparison to the amount of money the UFC brings in when compared to boxing, MMA simply crushes all other combat sports in that regards.
But what about the fighters?
According to ESPN Analyst Dan Rafael, the NSAC has released the purse amounts in advance of the Pacquiao vs. Mosley event set to air tomorrow night.
Which should come as no surprise, the evening’s top earner is none other than…
Manny Pacquiao, he has an official purse of $6 million dollars; however with is pay-per-view percentage he is contractually guaranteed no less than $20 million.
His opponent comes in at second earner with an official purse of $3.950 million but he is also up for pay-per-view commissions and per his contract is guaranteed no less than $5 million.
Now here is where the numbers get interesting. Obviously, MMA fighters don’t break into the figures as noted above that tomorrow night’s headliners will earn, but even the undercard fighters of the evening seem to be earning a handsome salary for their efforts.
The undercard purses break down as follows:
Just to play a game of comparison, the last major UFC event that took place in a disclosure state was “UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort”
The champ and headliner, Anderson Silva, had a disclosed salary of $200,000. He does collect a pay-per-view percentage however those figures are not disclosed.
His opponent, Vitor Belfort, earned $275,000 as did his Xtreme Couture teammate Forrest Griffin.
Outside of these three fighters the rest of the UFC 126 disclosed payroll looked as follows:
Rich Franklin: $75,000
Jon Jones: $140,000 ($70,000 win bonus)
Ryan Bader: $20,000
Jake Ellenberger: $32,000 ($16,000 win bonus)
Carlos Eduardo Rocha: $8,000
Miguel Torres: $56,000 ($28,000 win bonus)
Antonio Banuelos: $9,000
Donald Cerrone: $36,000 ($18,000 win bonus)
Paul Kelly: $19,000
Chad Mendes: $19,000 ($9,000 win bonus)
Michihiro Omigawa: $8,000
Demetrious Johnson: $10,000 ($5,000 win bonus)
Norifumi Yamamoto: $15,000
Paul Taylor: $36,000 ($18,000 win bonus)
Gabe Ruediger: $8,000
Kyle Kingsbury: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus)
Ricardo Romero: $10,000
Mike Pierce: $28,000 ($14,000 win bonus)
Kenny Robertson: $6,000
While the salary for a boxing mega star and headliner like Manny is in a different galaxy compared to the UFC’s top stars, what about the undercard fighters who serve as supporting cast to the main event? Is there really much of a difference in terms of Boxing vs. MMA?
I think the 2 main differences here are the percentages taken by the owners of the UFC vs. Boxing promoters (which I calculated at the bottom of the post) and I seriously doubt the UFC is receiving the same $$$ amount in advertising revenue.
Just to give you an idea of the type of money made by the UFC per event/year back in 2008 (25 million/event & about 250 million/year):