For taking on junior middleweight challenger Miguel Cotto Saturday night in Las Vegas, Mayweather will earn at least a whopping $32 million. On top of that, he stands to pocket substantially more from his take of the pay-per-view audience, which is expected to top one million units at $59.95 per showing.
Mike Tyson held the previous record by earning $30 million on the night he ruined what was left of his career by biting off part of Evander Holyfield’s ear in 1997.
“This is just a testament to his star power,” said Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather’s closest adviser. “Floyd Mayweather is a one-man walking conglomerate. Of course, this is exciting. Over the last 12 months he is the highest-paid athlete in sports.”
Cotto, meanwhile, is guaranteed a career-best $8 million but also will receive a pay-per-view take as well.