Could You Turn Down An Easy $40 Million? Manny Pacquiao Did – Guess How That Turned Out?

By on May 29, 2015 in ArticlesCelebrity News

Could you turn down $40 million for one night's work? What about $4 million or even $400,000? Heck, if we are being honest, would any of us turn down the chance to earn $40,000 or even $4,000 for one night's work? Probably not. But what about that $40 million? Could you turn it down?

Manny Pacquiao did.

Back in 2012, the popular boxer/musician/singer/politician had the chance to earn an easy $40 million by giving the world what it was craving – a fight with Floyd Mayweather. So what did Manny do? He turned it down. He said no to $40 million.

Of course for a guy like him, it is a lot easier to do so, since he was already worth well over $100 million.

As it turns out, Floyd Mayweather tried to make the fight of the century happen back in 2012, by flat out offering to pay Pacquiao $40 million. According to an interview Mayweather gave with Bob Costa:

"I got on the phone with Manny. I done my homework, and seen what he was used to making in big fights. So the offer that I gave him. I offered him $40 million, and said that I would wire him $20 million within 72 hours."

Who would turn down $40 million? Well, maybe someone who knew that the fight of the century was going to be worth ten times that number. Pacquiao may get hit in the head for a living, but he is not a dummy. He wanted a proper piece of the pie – half of the revenue.



In typical 'Money' Mayweather fashion, he said no to Pacquiao's demand for a cut of the revenue. Floyd even claimed that he couldn't afford to do it. Couldn't afford to? A guy that was making $100 million per fight couldn't afford to split the purse down the middle just once?

Come on son!

Fans finally got the fight of the century a few weeks ago after Mayweather agreed to a 60-40 revenue split with Pacquiao. While fight fans have called it an incredible disappointment, the two fighters made an incredible amount of money for a single night's work. The numbers are absolutely staggering.

A total of 4.4 million Pay-Per-View buys put $440 million in the pot. Ticket sales added another $72 million, international syndication in 175 countries added another $35 million, closed-circuit streams another $13 million, and sponsorship and merchandise another $13 million.

Add it all up, and you have a purse of $573 million. Subtract 30-40 percent for expenses and distribution fees and you have from $344-400 million left for Mayweather and Pacquiao to split. That means Pacquiao took home somewhere in the neighborhood of $137-160 million. Significantly more than $40 million!

So what's the lesson here? Know what you're worth and don't be afraid to take a stand! Any time you know your talents stand to generate tons of money, demand a cut of the pie, or equity or a lucrative bonus. By turning down $40 million, Pacquiao made at least another $100 million!

Articles Written by Travis Pulver
Travis, a native Texan, has been blogging about sports for the last seven years. His passion is bringing the best and most interesting stories to light for the enjoyment of the public. He currently lives in Indiana (loves basketball, but hates going to the Indy 500) with his wife and two adorable kids. Feel free to follow him on Twitter and check out his website
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