According a reporting from Mike Coppinger, this past weekend’s big welterweight battle between Errol Spence and Shawn Porter performed pretty damn well at the box office, expecting to land just around the 350,000 buy mark when it’s all said and done. And in this era of streaming platforms like DAZN and ESPN+, that many buys on a PPV platform isn’t too shabby at all.
Sources: The PBC on FOX PPV headlined by Errol Spence Jr. and Shawn Porter is tracking over 300,000 buys, with the final number generated expected to land under 350K. Strong business that cements Spence as a PPV attraction. His PPV with Mikey Garcia generated over 300K also— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) September 30, 2019
Spence and Porter we caught getting into it during their post-fight press conference on who actually is the real attraction between them, but it’s pretty clear that whenever good products are offered, the fans react favorably with their wallets.
At $75 a pop, this fight is looking like it will have generated over $26M in PPV revenue alone, which obviously doesn’t even include the live gate, merchandising, endorsements, etc. And obviously no one on the PBC was terribly concerned about Spence’s ability to sell a PPV as they’re already reported to be looking at scheduling Spence’s next fight against Danny Garcia in a January PPV.
What will be really telling is to see how Spence’s upcoming fight with Garcia performs, considering it’s basically the same level of matchmaking and star power. Does Spence continue to build his brand and drawing ability going forward? I guess we’ll find out soon enough.