Entertainment Mayweather fight may have broken expectations with over 5.5 million PPV buys

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  1. MutteringJohn

    MutteringJohn Well-Known Member

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    Some of the pay-per-view (PPV) sales figures for the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight are starting trickle out, and they are blowing away even the most bullish expectations. As a result, the fighters are going to end up making more money than anyone expected.


    Most estimates before the fight set expectations at 3 million pay-per-view buys, which would have easily broken the record of 2.48 million, set by the Mayweather-Oscar De La Hoya fight in 2007. As the fight drew closer, however, at least one sportsbook put the over/under betting line at 3.8 million.

    Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports now reports that based on some of the early figures coming in, the number of pay-per-view buys for Mayweather-Pacquiao will be closer to 5.63 million and could go even higher.

    We already know DirecTV sold 1.15 million PPVs, Dish Network sold 500,000, and AT&T's uVerse and Verizon's Fios combined to sell 600,000. That means the satellite and phone companies combined to sell 2.25 million.

    Those numbers alone make Mayweather-Pacquiao the second-biggest PPV draw ever. But we are not even close to being finished. We don't know the numbers for the cable companies yet, and according to Iole they typically account for 55% to 65% of total buys.

    Iole estimated that if cable companies made up 60% of the sales, the final number of PPV buys would be about 5.625 million. Even if we take the low end of the percentage estimate, the minimum number of PPV sales would be 5 million, with the high end at 6.43 million.

    The implications for the bank accounts of Mayweather and Pacquiao are staggering.

    PPV sales account for the bulk of fight revenue.

    According to John Branch of The New York Times, 30% to 40% of the PPV revenue goes to the cable/satellite/phone companies and 7.5% of what is left is split by HBO and Showtime, which broadcast the event. Most of what is left over is split 60-40 for the fighters in favor of Mayweather.

    With a PPV buys estimate of 5.625 million, Mayweather will make $167 million to $195 million from the PPV sales alone, with Pacquiao taking home $114 million to $133 million.

    Again, that is just from the PPV sales. According to Branch, other revenue streams will generate close to $140 million for the fighters to split.

    At the end of the day, Mayweather is going to take home $250 million to $275 million, with Pacquiao clearing $170 million to $190 million.

    Not bad for a fight that took less than an hour.
     
  2. BethSucks

    BethSucks Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    "Robin, Sirius needs to pay me $275 million an hour, not a penny less"
     
  3. Rob0729

    Rob0729 Well-Known Member

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    I'd don't know, I would let a professional fighter punch me in the head for 12 rounds for $170-275 million.
     
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    Wesmantooth VIP Extreme Gold

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    suckers paying to watch to 40 yr old try not to hurt one another :jj:
     
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    Rob0729 Well-Known Member

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    I don't know what was worse. Paying for this snoozefest of a fight or paying all that money back in the day to watch Tyson knock out some scrub Don King tried to pump up as a legitimate heavy weight contender in 8 seconds.
     
  6. Murcielago

    Murcielago Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast

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    The trick is in convincing people to pay to see it.

    I'd never have bet on Manny, those who did should be pissed that he didn't disclose his injury a month ago.
     
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    chapped Well-Known Member

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    Did not pay. ...watched it illegally and still feel robbed
     
  8. dilly

    dilly Well-Known Member

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    A real fight is going down tomorrow between Canelo Alvarez and James Kirkland at Minute Maid Park. Suppose to be over 60 thousand people in attendance.
     
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    Will watch

    If ppl want to see two fighters try to kill each other than I recommend watching this fight
     
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    Thank goodness for Periscope that night :beer: