Floyd Mayweather’s super-fight with Manny Pacquiao could double the original revenue estimations and shatter $400m to break every record in boxing history.
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The bout has been labelled the ‘fight of the century’ and is widely expected to surpass numerous records in terms of revenue and viewing figures.
However, it is understood that the initial projections may have been entirely wrong and that the super-fight between the welterweight kings could be worth double what had been expected.
The live gate for the event in May at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas will generate a staggering $74m from the sale of just over 15,000 tickets, according to Top Rank chairman Bob Arum, as reported by ESPN.
To give an indication of how big it is, that is more than three-and-a-half times the gate record of just over $20m set by ticket sales for Mayweather’s clash with Canelo Alvarez back in 2013.
In addition, the fight is expected to smash the pay-per-view record of 2.4 million buys generated by Mayweather’s fight with Oscar De La Hoya in 2007, with many involved in the talks believing it will go beyond 3 million easily.
That is understood to work out to roughly $300m in domestic pay-per-view buys given that the price will also be increased compared to the usual level, while the foreign rights are expected to add an extra $35m.
The fact that three world titles are on the line in this fight has gained little attention, as ultimately the magnitude of the event and the rivalry between the two fighters are the main talking points.
While Mayweather and Pacquiao finally settle the argument over who the pound-for-pound king is in the ring, out of the ring they will be securing the biggest pay-day of their careers and in the history of the sport.