Waiter Who Played Role in Mayweather-Pacquiao Deal Hasn't Been Paid
Actor-waiter Gabriel Salvador introduced Leslie Moonves to Manny Pacquiao's father, setting the wheels in motion for the joint PPV venture between Showtime and HBO that's expected to bring in a record-breaking $600 million: "Something would be nice."
This story first appeared in the March 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao's May 2 bout at Las Vegas' MGM Grand is being touted as the "fight of the century" — but it all began when Bronx-born Gabriel Salvador, a TV actor (Bones) and part-time server at Craig's, bonded with regular patron Leslie Moonves over their love of boxing. After the CBS Corp. chief mentioned his dream of arranging an elusive Mayweather-Pacquiao matchup, Salvador offered to introduce the mogul to Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, who also mentors Salvador's teenage son in the ring.
The resulting meeting at Scarpetta in Beverly Hills set the wheels in motion for the joint PPV venture between CBS-owned Showtime and HBO that's expected to bring in a record-breaking $600 million. "My participation was 1 percent of putting things together," says Salvador, adding that he has yet to engage with Moonves about any possible compensation. "I'd love to go to the fight, maybe bring my son," Salvador tells THR. What about a percentage of the profits? "Something would be nice."
One day prior to the fight, a rep for Salvador tells THR that he been offered a single ticket to the fight, and no payment beyond that.
May 1, 1:27 p.m. Updated to include most recent information regarding payment.