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How Much Did Keith Thurman Make From the Manny Pacquiao Fight?

Published 02/04/2022, 6:00 AM EST

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Once an undefeated world champion, Keith Thurman suffered an SD defeat and lost his WBA welterweight world title to an almost 41-year-old ‘Pac-Man’. The defeat was so impactful that it left Thurman sidelined for over 2 and a half years.

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However, the pre-fight scenes were absolutely different from what it looks now. Thurman entered the ring as a champion, who had all the features to topple a classy veteran. Having beaten Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia, and Josesito Lopez before the Pacquiao fight, Thurman was at the peak of his prime back then.


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Although Pacquiao exposed the flaws in his game and shook him, Thurman gained a lot from the fight. He learned lessons from his defeat. Besides, ‘One Time’ also took home a hefty million-dollar payday, which is seemingly the highest paycheck of his career. Here’s a more detailed look at his earnings from the bout.

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According to reports, Pacquiao almost bagged five times the amount of what Keith Thurman earned that night. WBA welterweight champion (then) Keith Thurman was guaranteed $2.5 million. Furthermore, Thurman also seems to have received a portion of the PPV shares. The numbers are unclear.

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As Pacquiao vs Thurman sold around 500,000 pay-per-views all over and was a massive success at the Box Office, ‘One Time’ received more than the guaranteed amount of $2.5 million. Therefore, facing Pacquiao was truly a brilliant decision for Thurman’s bank account.


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How much did Manny Pacquiao make from the fight?

‘Pac-Man’ Pacquiao reportedly bagged a guaranteed amount of $10 million in what was his second boxing appearance in 2019. Meanwhile, the added PPV numbers ensured that his takeaway exceeded the 10 million mark.

Hence, his penultimate fight proved to be quite lucrative.


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Is Manny Pacquiao a billionaire?

Pacquiao has appeared in some of the biggest fights of the sport’s history, including the richest bout in 2015 against Floyd Mayweather that generated $600 million in revenue. Manny Pacquiao banked a whopping $120 million from the single fight.

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However, he is yet not a billionaire. Per reports, Pacquiao’s net worth stands at $220 million and he has already bid farewell to the sport. Following the loss against Yordenis Ugas, ‘Pac-Man’ retired to devote time to his political duties.


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Written by:

Raj Sarkar


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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.
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