Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley III was always going to be a hard sell and it looks like even the solid undercard wasn't enough to save it. Earlier today, ESPN's Dan Rafael spoke to Top Rank chief Bob Arum about the fight's performance on pay-per-view.
Early prognosis? Not great.
Pacquiao defeated Bradley by unanimous decision, knocking him down twice in the process.
After their first rematch, Rafael wrote an article discussing "Pac-Man's" numbers. The pair's first fight back in 2012 generated 890,000 buys; despite the controversial ending, the rematch fell just short with between 750,000 and 800,000. The numbers Arum offered for the rubber match put it squarely in Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios (475k) territory.