Floyd Mayweather has been again criticized by Manny Pacquiao of being scared to fight him, according to a report on Monday. But a report in the Daily Mail speculates that if the two ever fight, it could be worth $1 billion if done correctly.
A Daily Mail article on Monday says that if Pacquiao and Mayweather ever chose to fight, it could be worth “a billion dollars.”
The publication says that it could be possible with a $5 PPV in China, which “(multiplied) by one-tenth of the Chinese population of 1.36 billion … amounts to a phenomenal $650 million.”
It adds that boxer Zou Shiming would have to be featured on the card, which would be held in Macau, China.
It then says that a $95 PPV in the U.S. with a target of three million buys would make about $300 million.
Worldwide TV rights, closed circuit, merchandising, and gate would then make up the remainder of the fight.
The report then speculates that Mayweather would make $150 million and Pacquiao would make $100 million.
On Monday, Pacquiao again addressed Mayweather, saying that he “feels pity” for his rival, according to the Daily Telegraph.
“I’ll never be frustrated if the Floyd fight doesn’t happen,” Pacquiao told the paper. “Though I’m ready to fight him anytime, anywhere – it’s him who refuses. I’ve made it clear that I want to fight him – it’s up to him now.”
Pacquiao is slated to fight Chris Algieri in Macau, China, over the weekend.
And he joked that if the boxing match doesn’t happen, he and Mayweather should play each other one-on-one in basketball.
“Modesty aside, I’m happy and content with the legacy I have in boxing, even if I don’t fight Floyd.I always want to make the fans happy though and I know they want that fight. I also know that if we did fight, it would be good for the sport,” he told the Telegraph.
He added: “It’s obvious he is avoiding a fight with me. He always makes excuses. Just make the fight and stop talking. I’ve made it clear that my phone line is always open for him to call me.”
“I pity him because all he thinks and does reflects the worldly aspects of life. He seems to have forgotten his spiritual nourishment,” Pacquiao continued.
Mayweather has not announced who he will fight next.