HBO and Showtime announced the total pay-per-view buys for the highly anticipated (long awaited!) bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. The total buys absolutely SHATTERED pre-fight expectations…
The previous record of 2.48 million PPV buys was set in May of 2007 when Mayweather defeated Oscar De La Hoya. Analyst’s pre-fight estimates for the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight ranged from 3.0M-3.8M buys.
According to HBO and Showtime, the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao generated a record 4.4 million PPV buys. To put that figure into perspective, 4.4 million PPV buys equates to more than $400 million in TV revenue alone.
When you combine the PPV revenue with ticket sales, sponsorships, and merchandise, HBO and Showtime believe the fight generated more than $500 million. According to John Branch of The New York Times, the total sum is most likely between $550-$600 million.
The two boxers will receive at least $350 million to split. According to David Mayo of MLive.com, Mayweather’s cut will be $210 million, leaving Pacquiao with $140 million.
Although Mayweather has lashed out in recent interviews, claiming he feels disrespected by Pacquiao’s “sore loser behavior,” it is hard to imagine either fighter turning down a rematch. Pacquiao’s recovery from shoulder surgery should give fans enough time to forget the highly anticipated but (mostly) disappointing fight they paid $100 to watch on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015.
Information for this article was taken from Yahoo!