The pay-per-view sales figures for the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight are in, and they are mind-boggling.
The fight generated a record 4.4 million PPN buys, HBO and Showtime announced, which produced more than $400 million in TV revenue alone. That shatters the previous record of 2.48 million PPV buys set by Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya in 2007 , and it blows away the pre- fight estimates of 3.0-3.8 million buys.
And that is just the biggest piece of the fight pie. When you combine all the revenue streams, the fight generated more than $500 million, according to HBD and Showtime.
According to John Branch of The New York Times before the fight, it was estimated that there would be at least another $133 million in revenue from streams such as ticket sales ($72 million), international broadcast sales ("at least" $35 million), closed-circuit broadcasts in bars ($13 million), sponsorships ($12 million), and merchandise ($1 million).
However, if we assume that international and closed-circuit broadcasts beat the pre- fight estimates by the same rate that the final PPV buys exceeded expectations, the total revenue from these streams is probably closer to $155 million.
That pushes the total revenue for the fight to between $550 and $595 million depending on exactly how many of the PPV buys were in HD ($100) versus SD ($90). Of that $500-plus million in revenue, more than $350 million will go to Mayweather and Pacquiao.
According to David Mayo of MLive.com , Mayweather will take home between $209 and $210 million and Pacquiao will take home between $142 and $143 million. It is hard to imagine that anybody would turn down a rematch, even if the hype can't approach these same levels. This revenue at half the rate is still pretty decent for a day's work.