I’ve always found it a bit ludicrous the way we view talking about money in our nation. Money is a complete fixation for us, yet so often, we dance around the topic. You go on a job interview and the elephant in the room is jumbo sized, and flatulent…yet, the interviewer doesn’t just come out and say hey, this is what the job entails, and this is what we want to pay you. It’s ludicrous…for what other reasons do people work for other than for compensation? Anyway, I can find myself a bit timid on the subject because: 1) I follow the cultural inclination to do the dance around on matters of money and 2) I happen to think it actually is not really any of my business what Fighter X is making for a forthcoming fight.
Yet, the curiosity persists…so, I found myself going there with Freddie Roach the other day. Hey, Freddie, excuse my nosiness, but I admit to being curious…does Pacquiao pay you on a percentage basis, or a flat fee, per fight?
“Me and Manny were in camp for the Algieri fight, seven weeks before, and we discussed pay. He said, ‘I’ll pay you this amount.”
“OK, Manny,” Roach answered Pacman.
“I’ve never doubted him, he’s a generous person.”
Manny’s guarantee for the Algieri fight was $23 million. Would he pay Roach a customary ten percent of that pile? I’m guessing no..it is customary for that percentage to be lowered when the purse numbers get into the astronomical range…
So there ya go, friends. These two don’t let money matters get between them. And you can fill in the blanks, and assume Roach does quite nicely, and might be the best paid trainer in the game. Hey, anyone out there know what Floyd pays Uncle Roger and Papa Floyd? Holler if you care to, in the Forum section…
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