LOS ANGELES — Boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao made plenty of money from Saturday night’s title fight.
But former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight stands to be the biggest winner from the bout.
According to the LA Times, Knight, who is in jail on suspicion of murder and attempted murder for allegedly hitting two men with his truck last year, stands to receive $10 million from Mayweather following his win over Pacquiao to pay for his bail.
Mayweather said earlier this month that if he won the fight, he would pay Knight’s bail. The two are reportedly friends.
Knight’s attorney, Matthew Fletcher, told the Times that he believes the deal set up before the fight is still in place. However, the boxer’s camp has not yet responded to calls seeking comment about Knight.
Knight pleaded not guilty last month to murder and attempted murder for allegedly driving his truck at two men. During a hearing, Cle “Bone” Sloan, one of Knight’s alleged victims, refused to testify, saying he was “no snitch.”
The deadly incident happened on January 29, after a flare-up on the set of the biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” a film about the highly influential and controversial rap group N.W.A. The argument spilled over to the parking lot of Tam’s Burgers in Compton.
The incident is the latest run-in with the law for Knight, who founded the wildly successful Death Row Records in 1991 and signed artists such as Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur.
Knight was driving the car in which Shakur was a passenger when the rapper was shot to death in Las Vegas in 1996.
Shortly afterward, Knight spent several years in prison for violating parole on assault and weapons convictions. That prison time — along with Shakur’s death, feuds between Knight and a number of rappers, and desertions by Dr. Dre, Snoop and others — contributed to the label’s bankruptcy in 2006.
At the time of his most recent arrest, Knight was free on bail in a robbery case.