Floyd Mayweather fights against Saul “Canelo” Alverez on Saturday night and he will bring in over more than $40 million for his performance. With all of the discussion about fighter pay in the UFC compared to boxing, UFC president Dana White discussed the topic with fans.
“We paid a guy $5 million for a fight before,” White said during a Google hangout with Fox Sports 1 We didn’t start making money until 2007. That was six years ago. So boxing’s been around for a 100 years, they’ve been doing big events since way back when. Pretty amazing what we have done in short amount of time. I think a lot of people don’t look at that way and break it down for what it really is. Pretty amazing.”
As for when that pay could go up, White says it will happen when the UFC sells more pay-per views.
“We’ve never done two million Pay-Per-Views either,” White said. “We do two million PPV’s and a $20 million gate, that number’s going to go way up.”
For the fighters, it will be great when they are able to cash in on bigger pay checks.
Until then, the fighters will continue to collect the highest checks in the sport while they wait for the next breakthrough.