Whether or not it'll be a good fight (experts tend to agree "not"), Saturday's match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is certain to be profitable—potentially historically so—for both fighters. ESPN reports Mayweather is guaranteed a minimum purse of $100 million and McGregor a minimum purse of $30 million. It may seem like McGregor is getting the short end of the stick, but that $30 million is nearly 10 times what he earned in his last UFC fight, according to CBS Sports. The purse amounts were released Friday night by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
While those numbers are eye-popping enough, both fighters are expected to take home far more than the minimum thanks to ticket sales, pay-per-view orders, and more. UFC head Dana White expects a record 4.9 million people will watch the fight on pay-per-view, and the fight's total revenue is projected to be $700 million, that Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. That's $100 million more than Mayweather's record-setting 2015 fight against Manny Pacquiao. ESPN believes McGregor will end up taking home more than $100 million and Mayweather more than $200 million. But the latter is predicting his payday will be at least $300 million. Those sky-high numbers make sense, as CBS states both fighters "seemingly took this match to rake in one of the biggest financial gains from a sporting event ever." (Read more Floyd Mayweather Jr. stories.)