The masses say boxing is dead, but a week later, we’re still talking about the the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. Perhaps that has more to do with gripes, but the fact remains: we’re still talking about it.
Say what you will about Mayweather, but he gets people to watch his fight. He’s polarizing. To that end, he has been dubbed “The Pay Per View King” for a reason. All of his fights draw and naturally, he holds the Pay Per View record. Prior to May 2, the PPV record was 2.48 million buys from the 2007 Mayweather vs. De La Hoya bout.
Per Yahoo!, while numbers are still being tallied, last Saturday’s fight could more than double that, as the the final count is expected to exceed 5 million PPV buys.
Yahoo Sports on Thursday learned sales figures for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight on DirecTV and Dish Network, as well as AT&T’s uVerse and Verizon’s FIOS services. Those add up to 2.25 million sales, which even without one sale from a cable company customer would make it tied for the second-highest-selling pay-per-view of all time.
DirecTV sold 1.15 million pay-per-views, while Dish’s number was 500,000. The telephone companies combined for 600,000. Combined, that is 2.25 million already. If cable systems wound up being 60 percent of the total, that would mean the final figure is a mind-boggling 5.625 million.