The numbers are finally in for boxing’s mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao, an event that was supposed to break every PPV and gate record in the fight game’s history.
And… surprise! It did.
The welterweight boxing match, which took place May 2 in Las Vegas, scored an incredible 4.4 million PPV buys according to today’s Showtime press release. That wipes out the precious record of 2.48 million — set by Mayweather’s bout with Oscar De La Hoya back in 2007.
To offer MMA fans of a frame of reference, the Ultimate Fighting Championship mustered 3.3 million PPV buys in all of 2013. That is to say, all of their events combined in 2013 could not approach this event’s success.
The event generated more than $400 million in PPV revenue, which more than doubled the previous record in PPV revenue. That record was set with Mayweather’s bout with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in 2013, which earned $150 million.
Money generated from live attendance represented another huge, record-breaking success for Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. Dan Rafael of ESPN reports the live gate at $72,198,500, which more than triples its nearest competitor, the Mayweather vs. Alvarez bout in 2013.
Rafael notes the closed circuit revenue at over $25 million as well.
Mayweather vs. Pacquiao was an event more than five years in the making. The two are expected to earn more than $100 million a piece for the bout.