Its official: The May 2 Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao ‘fight of the century’ is the greatest performing pay-per-view event ever, generating a whopping 4.4 million buys, fight co-promoters HBO and Showtime announced Tuesday.
The fight, which was projected to break all PPV records, also garnered more than $400 million in PPV revenue, according to HBO and Showtime. The numbers bested the 2.48 million PPV buys generated by the 2007 Floyd Mayweather-Oscar De La Hoya bout, and the $150 million earned by the 2013 Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez fight.
“The 4.4 million buys could not have been achieved without the promotional support and early order initiatives put in place by distributors across the country,” said Mark Taffet, HBO Sports senior vice president.
Mayweather defeated Pacquiao in a 12-round unanimous decision which many observers felt fell short action-wise of the massive hype surrounding the event.