Manny Pacquiao Will Be Paid Very Well For His Welterweight Unification Bout With Keith Thurman

Many have implied Premier Boxing Champions, and Al Haymon are stringing Manny Pacquiao along. Some insist they have him chasing the dangling carrot that is a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., only the king of pay-per-view isn't truthfully interested in a high-profile rematch with the Filipino legend.

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The joke supposedly is on Pacquiao as he matches up with many of PBC's talented, and much younger welterweights in hopes of facing Mayweather at the end of the tunnel. Fighters like Adrien Broner, whom Pacquiao defeated in January, and Keith Thurman, whom "Pac-Man" will face on July 20 are getting huge paydays from meeting the future Hall-of-Famer. Perhaps Pacquiao is the one laughing all the way to the bank.

For his upcoming bout with Thurman, the 40-year-old Pacquiao is set to make a minimum of $20 million. That's around the same amount he earned when he won a lopsided unanimous decision over Broner.

Even if Pacquiao never gets an opportunity to avenge his 2015 loss to Mayweather, and to collect the massive payday that would come with the rematch, he will have still made more than $40 million over two fights. If that's what the butt of a joke gets, I'll be your mark any day of the week.

What's more, we also have to consider the possibility of a Pacquiao victory. As of now, according to MyBookie, Thurman is a slight favorite at minus-150. Pacquiao sits as a plus-130 underdog. Those odds could change by the time the fight rolls around, but even if the numbers remain the same, Pacquiao has a chance to win.