Mayweather fight richest in history


Floyd Mayweather. AP

LOS ANGELES – Floyd Mayweather’s win over Mexico’s Saul Alvarez has been confirmed as the richest fight in boxing history with nearly $150 million in pay-per-view revenues, US cable network Showtime said Thursday.

The revenues for Saturday’s unified super welterweight championship in Las Vegas surpassed the $136 million that was generated by Mayweather’s 2007 showdown with Oscar de la Hoya.

Showtime said that the fight attracted some 2.2 million pay-per-view buys which is second all-time to the 2.48 million buys for the Mayweather/de la Hoya fight.

Showtime said the numbers on the pay-per-view are still being added up but it has already beaten out the third most popular fight in history (1.97 million) between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson in 1997.

The fight, which had an average ticket price of over $1,200, also set a boxing record for gate revenues at more than $20 million.

It established boxing television records in Mexico where Alvarez, whose nickname is “Canelo”, is one of that nation’s most popular stars.

The fight was watched by 22.1 million people and in 5.9 million households, making it the highest-rated boxing programme ever in Mexico.

Mayweather and Alvarez went the 12-round distance with the American taking the decision to improve his record to 45-0. Alvarez suffered just the first loss of his career, falling to 42-1-1.

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  • William Cervantes

    I remember the offer for Manny to fight Canelo was even bigger than what was offered to Maywhether. Its a pity Manny got careless.

  • Pitbulldog

    I want to be sorry for Pacquiao, but no, not really for he is already a billionnaire. But Pacquiao should be really sorry for the greater opportunity he lost to earn tons of money by just keeping his boxing record unruffled. Sometimes when God showers His blessing, arrogance steps in and most likely the lucky one has that tendency to feel that he is a very special human being and will later take God lightly and irrelevant to his greatness. The higher you go, the harder you will go splattttttt too. May mga endorsements pa ba si Pacman?

  • Natx Bacalzo

    the fight could well be the richest sports rip-out of all time?

  • RedvD

    150M for hat fight? Pacquiao – Mayweather would easily top 200M.

    So Manny, Floyd, lets get it on!

    • MULEN

      Nah. Floyd won’t give Arum the ultimate satisfaction of making huge money out of him plus Pacquiao still has a pending case against him. And besides, Floyd can still earn a lot of money fighting nobodies while Pac’s marketability has taken a huge hit after getting KOed senseless by Marquez which was preceded by forgettable string of bouts without securing KO/TKO victory.


    Say all you want about the man but it’s hard to argue with success.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    And pacman will never surpass that ever……… more PPV for pacman from me……..

  • joerizal

    The man deserves it. He’s the best showman in the world (after Muhammad Ali). He kicked Pacquiao’s butt without even fighting him. That’s how good he is.

  • Angry Nanay

    Most boring athlete too.

    • Bulay_Og

      I am sure nanood ka rin hihihihi

      • Angry Nanay

        yups, 30 seconds tulog agad ako.

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