While most assumed that the “Fight of the Century” between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao would become the highest-grossing fight of all time, no one could have anticipated by just how much. According to ESPN, initial figures released on Tuesday by Showtime and HBO revealed that there were more than 4.4 million pay-per-view telecasts of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight purchased in the United States which generated more than $400 million in revenue. Those figures more than doubled the previous record for PPV buys and tripled the mark for highest PPV revenue.
Additionally, the Nevada State Athletic Commission announced Tuesday that the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight generated $72,198,500 from the sale of 16,219 tickets at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. “I think it was something we knew we would beat the prior record, but we didn’t have any reasonable expectation that it would exceed it by as much as it did,” Top Rank chairman Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, told ESPN. “We were confident it would go over 3 million (PPV buys), maybe do 3.5 million on the outside. But it just caught fire.”