Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao Mega Fight Shatters Records

By Mike Sloan May 12, 2015
It was deemed “The Fight of the Century” and after having the revenue numbers revealed, it might as well have been labeled the fight of the millennium.

The blockbuster May 2 showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao shattered a litany of records including pay-per-view buys, pay-per-view revenue, live gate revenue and more.

The duel between the world’s top two pound-for-pound boxers reportedly generated more than 4.4 million U.S. buys, shattering the previous record of 2.48 million, which was the fight between Mayweather and Oscar de la Hoya seven years ago. It also tripled the previous record of PPV revenue generated from the Mayweather-“Canelo” Alvarez contest from 2013, which raked in over $150 million. Mayweather-Pacquiao’s PPV numbers alone pulled in more than $400 million.

Combined with the closed-circuit telecasts, sponsors, merchandise sales, international television distribution, the mega event is expected to generate in excess of $500 million. The news was announced jointly by Showtime Networks, Inc., a subsidiary of CBS Corporation, and HBO in conjunction with Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank, Inc.

Reports indicate that the MGM Grand Garden Arena produced more than $71 million in revenue, clobbering the previous live gate record of $20 million from Mayweather-Canelo. The fight also set the record with nearly 46,000 closed-circuit admissions. Mayweather-Pacquiao was also made available at over 5,000 restaurants, bars and other commercial establishments throughout the U.S.

The Fight of the Century was distributed in 175 countries worldwide and it drew a reported 37 million unique people who contributed more than 115 million interactions on social media giant Facebook alone, another new record for a boxing event.


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