Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather became the highest grossing boxing PPV event of all-times and that too by a margin with over 4.6 million PPV buys generating massive around $400 million in PPV revenue. Fight also set the new record for gate-receipt of over of over $78 million. Mayweather-Pacquiao surpassed the previous PPV record set by Mayweather-Alvarez fight back in September 2013 which sold over $2.8 million ppv generating around $150 million in revenue.
Floyd Mayweather pocketed well over $200 million from this fight while Manny Pacquiao earned impressive over $100 million from his nights work. Today we take a look at 10 of the highest grossing fights of all times.
Mayweather’s Unreal PPV Numbers: So Floy Mayweather now feature in the top three most lucrative boxing PPV’s of all times. Mayweather-Pacquiao did around 4.6 million buys and $410 million ppv revenue. Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez in September 2013 sold 2.22 million pay per views bringing in over $150 million in revenue. While Mayweather-Oscar De La Hoya sold around 2,48 million ppvs worth around $136 million.
Mayweather-Pacquiao is also the most pirated sports event in history with hundreds of illegal streams made available on the night of the fight. Showtime and HBO both tried to tackle the piracy before the fight but mobile apps like periscope enabled users to stream their tv screens live online.
Note: You have to remember that inflations plays a big role when we compared PPV of recent times to decade past events. Mayweather vs Oscar De La Hoya would easily be second most grossing fight if we take inflation numbers into account.
|NO#||FIGHT||PPV BUYS||PPV REVENUE|
|1||Mayweather vs Pacquiao (May 2015)||4,600,000||$410 million|
|2||Mayweather vs Canelo Alvarez (September 2013)||2,200,000||$150 million|
|3||Mayweather vs Oscar De La Hoya (May 2007)||2,480,000||$136 million|
|4||Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield II (June 1997)||1,990,000||$100.2 million|
|5||Mike Tyson vs Lennox Lewis (June 2002)||1,950,000||$112 million|
|6||Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield I (November 1996)||1,590,000||$77.9 million|
|7||Mike Tyson vs Peter McNeeley (August 1995)||1,550,000||$96 million|
|8||Mayweather vs Shane Mosely (May 2010)||1,400,000||$94 million|
|9||Oscar De La Hoya vs Felix Trinidad (September 1999)||1,400,000||$64 million|
|10||Evander Holyfield vs George Foreman (April 1991)||1,400,000||$80 million|
|11||Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez III (November 2011)||1,250,000||$75 million|