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Pacquiao vs Ugás fight purse: how much money are they making?

Manny Pacquiao faces Yordenis Ugás at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, with the WBA 'super' welterweight title at stake.

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Pacquiao vs Ugás fight purse: how much money are they making?
TED ALJIBE AFP

Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao looks set to take home a guaranteed $5 million from his WBA 'super' welterweight title fight against Yordenis Ugás on Saturday.

Pacquiao to face Ugás after Spence Jr withdrawal

Pacquiao, 42, takes on the Cuban at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena after his original opponent, IBF and WBC welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr, was forced to pull out because of an eye injury. Ugás holds the ‘super’ welterweight belt that ‘Pac Man’ won against Keith Thurman in July 2019 and was stripped of in January due to inactivity.

Pacquiao set to get $5m plus percentage of PPV revenue

In May, the Filipino media outlet Business Mirror reported that Pacquiao, who has won world titles in eight weight divisions since making his professional debut in 1995, had negotiated a guaranteed purse of $5m for the Spence Jr fight, plus an unspecified share of pay-per-view revenue.

Although Ugás is a less prestigious opponent than Spence Jr, there appear to be no indications that Pacquiao’s purse has been affected by the change in the fight line-up.

A guaranteed $5m is significantly less than Pacquiao has previously earned from fights. He is reported to have picked up a guaranteed $10m from his most recent outing, against Thurman two years ago, while the most lucrative bout of his professional career, his blockbuster clash with Floyd Mayweather Jr in May 2015, saw him pocket a figure estimated to be well in excess of $100m, including his share of PPV receipts.

Unclear how much Ugás will make from Pacquiao fight

No figures have so far emerged on how much Ugás can expect to earn from the bout. The 35-year-old, who has 26 wins (12 by knockout) and four defeats in his professional career, was due to fight Argentina’s Fabián Maidana on the undercard of the Pacquiao-Spence Jr bout, but an injury to Maidana freed him up for promotion to the main card.

Pacquiao bout "the most important fight of my life" - Ugás

Ugás, a 2008 Olympic bronze-medallist who has won 11 of his last 12 fights, says this chance to face off with Pacquiao "means the world to me". "I am fighting not for the money but for my legacy, for my country, for my own story that's going to be told,” he told a virtual news conference. “That's why this is the most important fight of my life."

Meanwhile, Pacquiao, whose pro boxing record reads 62 wins (39 by knockout), two draws and seven losses, says there'll be no room for complacency, despite his opponent representing a step-down from Spence Jr. "This fight is not an easy fight,” he told reporters. “Ugás is a champion, took my belt and we have to settle it inside the ring. I never take him lightly because he is a kind of fighter that you better not underestimate. This is going to be a good fight also."

Pacquiao vs Ugás: times, tickets, PPV...

The Pacquiao vs Ugás fight is scheduled to begin at 6pm PDT/9pm EDT, with tickets still available to be purchased here. Both standard and resale tickets were available at the time of writing, with the cheapest seats costing $305 each plus tax and fees.

TV viewers can watch the fight on Fox PPV, at a cost of $74.99.

Pacquiao vs Ugás: full fight card

Welterweight: Manny Pacquiao vs Yordenis Ugás

Welterweight: Victor Ortiz vs Robert Guerrero

Featherweight: Mark Magsayo vs Julio Ceja

Featherweight: Carlos Castro vs Óscar Escandón