WHILE the results of the much hyped ‘Fight of the Century’ might have been disappointing, the pay-per-view sales of the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight certainly were not.
A report by Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole bared the Mayweather-Pacquiao telecast may surpass five million PPV buys based on sales figures of the cable and telephone companies during the May 2 (May 3, Manila time) fight.
The total PPV sales of DirecTV, Dish Network, AT&T's uVerse and Verizon's FIOS total 2.25 million, which, even with the sales from cable companies still accounted for, would match the second highest-selling pay-per-view of all time.
In coming up with the figure, Yahoo took into account that sales from cable providers in the US account for 55 to 65 percent of the PPV total, with satellite systems (35 percent) and phone companies making up the rest.
“If cable systems wound up being 60 percent of the total, that would mean the final figure is a mind-boggling 5.625 million,” Yahoo said.
With PPVs sold for US$99.50, the fight may end up grossing upwards of $500 million in the final tally.
The undefeated Mayweather is actually involved in the top two best-selling pay-per-view fights of all time - his 2007 bout with Oscar De La Hoya, currently at No. 1 with 2.48 million buys, and the 2013 fight against Canelo Alvarez match which sold 2.25 million PPVs.
Yet the combined PPV buys of these two fights may pale in comparison to the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight once the final figures come in.