If the trends continue as they normally have, we not only saw the biggest pay-per-view selling fight in history last weekend between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, and we not only saw an event that far outpaced the previous record holders, but we saw one that could beat both of them combined.
Yahoo! Sports is reporting that as of now, trends are pointing toward 5-5.5 million for total sales. DirecTV is reporting 1.15 million buys, Dish Network 500,000, and phone companies like AT&T U-Verse and Verizon FiOS are at 600,000 combined. If cable winds up doing its normal 60% of the share, we'd be looking at 5.625 million pay-per-views sold.
To put that in total perspective, De La Hoya-Mayweather sold 2.48 million in 2007, the current record. Mayweather's 2013 fight with Canelo Alvarez came in at 2.2 million. Combined, that's 4.68 million buys. Even the most optimistic expectations for this fight's PPV sales were around 4 million, which is an amazing number. To top that by another million would be nearly unbelievable.
And if the sales do reach the potential heights we're talking about here, Mayweather and Pacquiao are going to be chopping up a good deal more than just $300 million on this fight.
Are you surprised by the already-incredible sales of this fight?