Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: The biggest payday in boxing history, ever
The May 2nd showdown will go down in boxing history, and not just based on the actual fight in the ring, but also for the enormous business interest associated with the event.
This fight can very well bring in the most pay-per-view buys of any fight in history. Consider this, according to ShowTime, in his last 4 fights; Mayweather has garnered nearly $5 million pay-per-view buys. To date, the Mayweather vs. Canelo fight in 2013 is the highest grossing pay-per-view event of all time, with 2.2 million buys and $150 million in gross revenue, and live gate receipts of more than $20 million.
While Mayweather and Canelo owns the record for the highest grossing pay-per-view event, that event still only ranks 2nd in terms of the number of pay-per-view buys. Mayweather has so far been unable to beat his own record of 2.48 million in pay-per-view buys in 2007 when he fought Oscar dela hoya. But, could the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao be the fight that breaks all previous records for gross revenue and pay-per-view buys?
Forbes magazine expects the fight to rack in at least 3 million pay-per-view fans, grossing more than $300 million in pay-per-view dollars. Mayweather will split their earnings 60/40 in favor of Mayweather. Some of the other numbers associated with this fight are down right staggering. Ticket prices for face value are going for $15,000 – $75,000 according to lead promoter Al Hayman.
Who do you have your money on for the big showdown on May 2nd? – Let us know in the comments below.
More on AOL.com:
Get ready to pay to watch magnified fight
Mayweather, Pacquiao discuss fight
Best shows to binge watch on Netflix