Mayweather-Pacquiao numbers blew away projections
May 13, 2015 10:40 PM
by Mark Mayer
With numbers that blew away even the most optimistic of projections, expect to see at the very least talk of a Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao rematch next year.
Based on domestic pay-per-view numbers released Wednesday, the welterweight unification bout two weeks ago at MGM Grand probably will generate at least a record $500 million in revenue.
Mayweather won a rather boring unanimous decision, but the matchup that took five years to make generated $400 million in U.S. pay-per-view revenue on 4.4 million buys, according to a joint statement from promoters, HBO and Showtime.
The fight cost anywhere from $89.95 to $99.95 on PPV. Mayweather could reportedly reap in excess of $250 million, while Pacquiao would likely get more than $120 million.
Though Mayweather indicated after his win that he wasn’t interested in a rematch but, with numbers never before seen for any boxing promotion, there is sure to be pressure put on both fighters to do it again.
And that rotator cuff injury Pacquiao entered the ring with should have plenty of time to heal by next year when the new MGM arena is scheduled to open.
Mark Mayer has over 35 years covering sports events and is the sports editor at GT. Reach him at MarkMayer@GamingToday.com