The Jan. 19 Showtime pay-per-view main event between Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner is just 11 days away, and if you’re looking to watch it legally in the United States, you’ll be paying $74.99 for the pleasure.
That’s a hefty price tag, to say the least. Not unusual — it’s the same price Wilder-Fury was from the same PPV production crew in December — but still hefty. Wilder-Fury reportedly sold about 325,000 on pay-per-view, which made it profitable.
Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KO) is defending his WBA “world” welterweight title in the bout, which is his first fight in the U.S. since 2016, and also his first pay-per-view in the U.S. since 2016, when he beat Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao’s 2017 loss to Jeff Horn aired on ESPN, and his 2018 win over Lucas Matthysse aired on ESPN+. This is Manny’s first fight under the Premier Boxing Champions banner.
For Broner (33-3-1, 24 KO), it’s his first pay-per-view main event period. He’s done strong TV ratings over the years, but that’s not always an indicator of pay-per-view success, either. Bernard Hopkins, for instance, did very good numbers on TV over his final years in the ring, but when he went to pay-per-view, the fights flopped. We’ll have to see if Broner’s fan base is willing to shell out the big bucks to watch him fight.