When Juan Manuel Marquez knocked out Manny Pacquiao this past Saturday night he may have ended any hope for a super fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather which could have netted Pacquiao upwards of $120 million.
It’s been a long time since anyone outside for diehard fans cared about boxing. The lack of stars recently has robbed the sport of a lot of its appeal. Occasionally though, fighters come along that capture the public’s attention like the days of old and suddenly there are a lot of people willing to pay big money to see a fight between those two stars.
Manny Pacquiao is one of those stars. A hero in his native Philippines and the star of a memorable HP commercial (Millions of hits!), Pacquiao is the quintessential good guy. Another of those stars is Floyd “Money” Mayweather, a brash, supremely talented fighter who is the perfect heel to Pacquiao. It’s been estimated that a fight between the two would have grossed around $250 million. However, all previous attempts to set up a bout have failed, due to disagreements on everything from drug testing to the location of the fight.
With the super fight delayed, both fighters had to risk facing other opponents, even though losing would diminish their stature and potentially ruin their huge payday. Unfortunately, this is exactly what happened to Pacquiao. Although the big fight may still happen one day, the lustre will be gone and Pacquiao would be forced to take a smaller percentage of the revenue. So, with one punch on Saturday night, Manny Pacquiao saw $120 million disappear.