Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez brought the fans to Las Vegas, selling out the MGM Grand and generating a $10.8 million live gate, the 13th-highest in Nevada history.
Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez generated a live gate total of $10,888,890 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
The fight sold 15,430 tickets, with 904 comps. There wasn't an unfilled seat in the house. One suspects Mitt and Ann Romney were comped.
Marquez knocked out Pacquiao in the sixth round in front of what was a pretty heavily pro-Marquez crowd. It turned out to be a very memorable night for those in attendance and those who ordered the pay-per-view. Those numbers -- which is where the real money will roll in -- haven't been released yet, but we should have an idea soon enough where they were at.
The live gate is the 13th-highest in Nevada history, but wasn't the highest of 2012. That honor goes to the Mayweather-Cotto fight on May 5, which came in at $12,000,150. Pacquiao's June fight with Timothy Bradley was at $8,963,180.
To get some perspective on how much bigger these fights are than anything else, compare these to other some other notable Nevada fights this year:
|05-09||Mayweather vs Cotto||MGM Grand||$12,000150|
|12-08||Pacquiao vs Marquez IV||MGM Grand||$10,888,890|
|06-09||Pacquiao vs Bradley||MGM Grand||$8,963,180|
|09-15||Chavez Jr vs Martinez||Thomas & Mack Center||$3,052,475|
|09-15||Canelo vs Lopez||MGM Grand||$1,618,150|
|07-14||Khan vs Garcia||Mandalay Bay||$426,152|
|04-14||Rios vs Abril||Mandalay Bay||$257,950|