Timothy Bradley vs. Brandon Rios is just under 24 hours away from happening at Las Vegas' Thomas and Mack Center, and the official purses for the main and co-main event fighters have been revealed. Bradley, who is best known for controversially beating Manny Pacquiao in 2012, tops the Top Rank-promoted payroll with nearly a $2 million salary, per ESPN's Dan Rafael.
Per Nevada commission, #BradleyRios purses: Bradley $1.9M, Rios $800k, Lomachenko $750k, Koasicha $35k #boxing— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) November 6, 2015
So the headliners for this HBO non-PPV event are going to total $2.7 million in purse money, which is only $800,000 less than the PPV between Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux. WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (4-1, 2 KOs), billed as one of pro boxing's top fighters already despite 5 pro bouts -- he is a 2x Olympic gold medalist and 396-1 as an amateur -- is making a considerable amount of money for a 126 lbs fighter. His opponent, Romulo Koasicha, who is basically a warm body for Lomachenko to style on, only takes home $35,000.
Getting back to Bradley, while he's never been an A-side PPV attraction or someone who has been as heavily promoted as say, Cotto, Canelo, Mayweather, or Pacquiao, he's quietly been raking in the dough over the past few years. As Bloody Elbow's John Nash noted on Twitter, this is Bradley's 9th consecutive seven-figure payday, which dates back to 2011.
List of Bradley's purse: Alexander 1.3m Casamayor 1.025m Pacquiao 5m Ruslan 1.75m JMM 4.1m + Pacquiao 6m + Chaves 1.5m Vargas 2m Rios 1.9m— John S. Nash (@heynottheface) November 6, 2015
For the record, the "+" notations were for PPV points in addition to his purse. He did not get any PPV points for the first Pacquiao fight, but did for the rematch as well as against Juan Manuel Marquez. His bouts with Alexander, Casamayor, Provodnikov, Chaves, Vargas, and Rios were not PPV main events.
Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KOs) is the current WBO welterweight champion, having been promoted from interim to full champion after Floyd Mayweather was stripped of his belt for dilly-dallying on whether or not he'd forfeit his belt. Rios (33-2-1, 24 KOs) has a career high payday of $3 million, which he earned in a loss to Pacquiao in 2013. The $800,000 purse is right around what he's made in his other fights in recent years.
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