Manny Pacquiao’s 5 Biggest Boxing Purses

Published 08/15/2021, 8:39 PM EDT


Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao started his professional boxing career in 1995. Since then, he has had 71 bouts and has racked up 62 wins (39 knockouts), 7 losses (3 knockouts), and 2 draws. He has competed in eight divisions and has won belts in flyweight, featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight. He is also the only boxer to hold world titles for four decades, namely the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s.

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Through the years, his in-ring finesse has allowed him to generate a net worth of nearly $220 million. Forbes magazine ranked Manny Pacquiao the eighth highest-paid athlete of the last decade, finishing just below the likes of LeBron James, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Roger Federer.

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Here’s a look at Manny Pacquiao’s five biggest career payouts:

  • 2009 – Miguel Cotto – $22 million
  • 2011 – Juan Manuel Márquez – $22 million
  • 2013 – Brandon Ríos – $18 million
  • 2014 – Chris Algieri – $25 million
  • 2015 – Floyd Mayweather Jr – $150 million

Miguel Cotto (2009) – $22 million

After dominating the lightweight division, Manny Pacquiao fought Miguel Cotto for the WBO and vacant WBC welterweight title. Despite starting off slow, Pacquiao turned up the momentum mid-way by completely dominating the Puerto Rican star and closing the show with a round-12 TKO in front of 16,000 fans.

Juan Manuel Márquez (2011) – $22 million

This trilogy fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao was a controversial turn in their rivalry. Both fighters seemed equally skilled with world-class striking, movement, and footwork. However, after 12 rounds, the judges scored the fight in favor of ‘The People’s Champ’ and he won by majority decision.

Brandon Rios (2013) – $18 million

Manny Pacquiao secured a fairly easy win over Brandon Rios in 2013. Despite his inability to finish his opponent, the Pacman bagged a win by unanimous decision. Rios gave his all in the ring, but Pacquiao was simply too skilled, agile, and smart. Briggs Seekins of Bleacher Report called this “a one-sided fight against a former world champion“. Manny Pacquiao used his speed and ability to close the distance to fight inside the pocket to secure a win over Rios. 

Chris Algieri (2014) – $25 million

Right from the get-go, Chris Algieri had realized that he could not match his punching power with his opponent’s. He made a smart choice of adopting a ‘stick and move’ approach over trying to deliver ineffective damaging shots throughout the fight. However, Manny Pacquiao’s speed, unconventional movement, footwork, and strength proved to be a bit much for Algieri, as he secured a unanimous decision win over the Long Island native.

Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather (2015) – $150 million

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To date, this is the highest-grossing fight of all time. At the time, there was no greater matchup in boxing than Mayweather-Pacquiao. As the two champions agreed on sharing the ring, it was considered a breakthrough in traditional boxing.

Going into the fight, fans saw Pacquiao as Mayweather’s toughest competitor; however, against ‘Pretty Boy’, Pacquiao seemed predictable and had obvious loopholes in his game. Floyd Mayweather capitalized on these shortcomings and dominated Pacquiao through the rounds. ‘Money’ controlled the pace and momentum of the fight right from the start and secured a unanimous decision win over Manny Pacquiao.

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What are your top favorite Manny Pacquiao fights?

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused this passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, weaves, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the science, the techniques, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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