mayweather-pacquiao: by other numbers #maypac

Boxing’s biggest match in years is over.  There are a whole lot of sad Filipinos walking the earth right now but still encouraged by the fact that Manny very likely still woke up this morning with a smile on his face.  That humble, loveable, huggable (just ask Floyd) Manny Pacquiao.

In the wake of one wildly lucrative night, I thought I’d play a bit with the numbers and offer some food for thought.  (Because if you dangle the opportunity to mix writing with an Excel spreadsheet in my face, I can’t say no.)

Projections of the purse from Saturday’s fight hovered around 300 million US dollars and with the deal’s 60-40 split, Floyd Mayweather would be scoring $180M and Manny Pacquiao would take home $120M.  I saw an estimate of 80 million US dollars spent on bets on the fight.

Here we go:

100,167 – How many Kate Spade Madison Chaplin Drive Maeve handbags Manny can buy with his earnings.  This is one stinking cute bag and is the priciest on katespade.com1.  That’s enough to gift almost every woman in the city of Markham where I live.  Happy Mothers Day to me!

1 – The best friend ranking Floyd would get after treating all the U.S. opening weekend movie-goers to Avengers: The Age of Ultron2.  Or, the two fighters could pool their earnings to fund the production of the next sequel bearing the same budget3.

105,540,213.76 – The April 11 and May 2 Powerball lump sum cash payouts – a gift to you from Manny

2,820 – The number of coronary bypass surgeries that could be performed at Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic5, covered by the total purse.

7,500 – How many adoptions that Floyd could fund for Canadian families in China6

15,408 – The number of families of four in the U.S. whose food stamp allotment for one year7 could be paid for by Manny

6,702 – How many U.S. military Corporals’ annual salaries8 Floyd could pay for

5 – Years’ wages that the total purse could cover for about 85,000 people living in extreme poverty9

240,000,000 – The dollar amount that could go toward relief efforts in post-earthquake Nepal if everyone took the money they used to gamble on the fight and gave it to UNICEF Canada10 instead

I have a difficult time understanding professional sport’s dollars.  And though I really like one fighter over the other, no, I did not pray for his victory this weekend.  I just couldn’t bring myself to waste what I’d consider my pull on God’s sovereignty on entertainment.

This numbers game is putting a lot of things into perspective for me right now, and it can be done using our latte budgets or our shoe fetish funds. Money is not quite the subject of our ownership, but the object of our stewardship and a powerful tool to enrich the lives of others.

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to them “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? (James 2:15-16 NIV)


1 - $1,198.00
2 - $190M USD
3 - $280M USD
4 – May 2: $52,100,000 USD; April 11: $53,440,213.76 USD
5 – $106,385 USD (2013 figure)
6 - $24K USD
7 – 12 x $649 USD – monthly allotment of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for a family of 4
8 – E4 Corporal with 3 years experience
9 – 356 x $2.00 – daily wages of over 2.8 billion people
10 - The Canadian government and UNICEF sponsors are both currently offering a matching program