The amount of money Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are earning for Saturday's big fight


Win or lose this Saturday night, both Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will win financially. How much money will they make? A ton.

If I were a betting man -- which I'm not -- I'd put all my money on Floyd Mayweather to defeat Conor McGregor this Saturday night. Shoot, while irrational optimism is a hallmark trait of many successful people (without self-belief, it's impossible to do incredibly difficult things), I imagine even the supremely confident McGregor harbors at least a few doubts.

But while they won't know the actual payout until after the fight, what neither Mayweather nor McGregor has to worry about is whether he'll be well compensated for his efforts.

Let's start with pay-per-view revenue. In the U.S., viewers will pay $99 for HD and $89 for SD to watch.

Two years ago, when Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao, more than four million PPV buys resulted in close to $400 million in revenue. Assuming a similar buy rate -- my guess is it will be at least that high, since there is considerable MMA crossover interest in this fight -- the total PPV revenue should be around $400 million. And that's just the U.S. revenue: International rights will certainly generate more.

Then there are ticket sales. T-Mobile Arena holds approximately 20,000 people. Ticket prices started out astronomical (and still are) but demand has not been huge: Re-sellers are offering significant discounts from face value. So let's be conservative and say Mayweather-McGregor ticket sales yield two-thirds the revenue of Mayweather-Pacquiao. That's still $50 million. Not too shabby.

Then there's sponsorship. One report says Mayweather stands to make approximately $25 million from sponsorship and branding:

"The extraordinary earning power of Mayweather's brand has seen his sponsorship partners One Entertainment request up to $15.5 million for six sections on the boxer's shorts, with requests for $3.5 million for his waistband, and $1.5 million for a 4 x 2 inch patch on the front thigh of his shorts. They are asking for $1 million for his robe and even a million for his 'victor's cap'.

"The ring cushion behind Mayweather's head during the fight, in one of the corners, has been bought out by a betting agent for $3.1 million. Mayweather Promotions are also asking for additional compensation for mass production of any caps or boots."​​​​​​

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So how much will each fighter make? That depends on the split, the details of which are confidential. (For all the talking each fighter has done, what they haven't mentioned are any details of the purse split. Go figure.) Various reports estimate the split could be 70/30 for Mayweather, or possibly 75/25.

But don't feel too bad for McGregor. Add up all the different revenue sources, factor in sponsorship money each fighter will earn individually, take a stab at determining a reasonable purse split, and my math says a reasonable baseline estimate is $220-$240 million for Mayweather and $65-$80 million for McGregor.

If PPV sales are higher than expected, those numbers will go up.

So how much will Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor make this Saturday night?

Yep. A ton.

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor takes part in UFC 205 Open Workouts at Madison Square Garden on November 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Nov 12, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Conor McGregor (blue gloves) celebrates with his two championship belts after defeating Eddie Alvarez (red gloves) in their lightweight title bout during UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Northern Ireland , Ireland - 19 November 2016; UFC Lightweight and Featherweight champion Conor McGregor at UFC Fight Night 99 in the SSE Arena, Belfast. (Photo By David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 19: (L-R) Artem Lobov of Russia celebrates with teammate and UFC champion Conor McGregor after his featherweight bout against Teruto Ishihara during the UFC Fight Night at the SSE Arena on November 19, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Lobov defeated Ishihara by unanimous-decision. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
New York , United States - 17 March 2017; UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor during an interview in The Theater in Madison Square Garden in New York, USA. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor of Ireland warms up backstage at Madison Square Garden prior to his lightweight championship fight agianst Eddie Alvarez during the UFC 205 event on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Conor McGregor of Ireland celebrates his victory over Eddie Alvarez in their UFC lightweight championship fight during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor of Ireland poses for a picture during the UFC 205 post fight press conference at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Conor McGregor of Ireland celebrates his KO victory over Eddie Alvarez of the United States in their lightweight championship bout during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Conor McGregor of Ireland warms up in his locker room prior to his lightweight title fight against Eddie Alvarez during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Eddie Alvarez of the United States (right) fights against Conor McGregor of Ireland in their lightweight championship bout during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Conor McGregor of Ireland warms up in his locker room prior to his lightweight title fight against Eddie Alvarez during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: (R-L) Conor McGregor of Ireland and Eddie Alvarez face off during the UFC 205 weigh-in inside Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor reacts during UFC 205 Weigh-ins at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor of Ireland interacts with fans and media during the UFC 205 press conference inside The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor of Ireland interacts with the media and fans during the UFC 205 press event at Madison Square Garden on September 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20: (L-R) Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor of Ireland embrace after finishing five rounds in their welterweight bout during the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20: (R-L) Nate Diaz punches Conor McGregor of Ireland in their welterweight bout during the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20: Conor McGregor waits for the start of his welterweight rematch against Nate Diaz at the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor won by majority decision. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20: Conor McGregor of Ireland prepares to walkout prior to facing Nate Diaz in their welterweight bout during the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20: (2nd L-R) Mixed martial artist Conor McGregor, golfer Rory Mcllroy and singer Niall Horan celebrate McGregor's UFC 202 victory during the official after-fight party at Intrigue Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Wynn Las Vegas)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20: (L-R) Conor McGregor punches Nate Diaz in their welterweight bout during the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20: Conor McGregor of Ireland fights Nate Diaz in their welterweight bout during the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Sep 27, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor (blue gloves) fights Dustin Poirier (red gloves) during a featherweight fight during UFC 178 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 27, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor (blue gloves) is victorious over Dustin Poirier during a featherweight fight during UFC 178 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - APRIL 06: (L-R) Conor McGregor punches Marcus Brimage in their featherweight fight at the Ericsson Globe Arena on April 6, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 18: Conor McGregor of Ireland punches Dennis Siver of Germany in their featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at the TD Garden on January 18, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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