Pacquiao vs Marquez III was a big hit on closed circuit, as well as at the gate. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
The closed circuit numbers for last Saturday's Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez fight have come in, and they're pretty terrific.
The Nevada commission reports that 11,504 closed circuit seats were sold, pulling in another $575,000 for the event's revenue total.
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Those figures mean that the closed circuit for Pacquiao vs Marquez, as Kevin Iole of Yahoo! said on Twitter, crushed the live gate figures for the October 15 fight in Los Angeles between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson. Both fights were HBO pay-per-view offerings and considered "big fights," but Hopkins vs Dawson failed on every level. Pacquiao vs Marquez, thus far, has been a big hit on every level, and the type of controversy here (scoring in a close fight) is definitely much better than a two-round injury ending.
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The pay-per-view numbers will come in soon for the fight. After the pitiful showing by Hopkins vs Dawson (an estimated 40,000 buys), this one should be much better news for those involved. Whether it tops the reported 1.25 million for Mayweather vs Ortiz in September is another story, but right now it appears as though Top Rank and the fighters are looking at a very successful show overall.