Mayweather-Cotto’s 1.5 million PPV buys will blow away what Pacquiao-Bradley will bring in
By Chris Williams: I really hate to say this but Manny Pacquiao’s fate has been sealed with Floyd Mayweather Jr’s monstrous 1.5 million pay-per-view buys for his fight against Miguel Cotto last Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
There’s simply no disputing the fact that Mayweather is the PPV king. Watch and see the much lower numbers that Manny Pacquiao’s June 9th fight against Tim Bradley will bring in.
Pacquiao will be lucky to draw even 1 million PPV buys. In can see this as another Joshua Clottey-Pacquiao fight where Pacquiao fails to even hit 700,000 buys, because Bradley isn’t a huge star and Pacquiao can’t do it on his own like Mayweather can.
What this all means for the fans who fail to see the significance of it is that Pacquiao can’t possibly ask for a 50-50 purse split with Mayweather the next time they sit down to negotiate a fight. Why should Mayweather give charity to Pacquiao by giving him an even deal when he’s doing the same numbers as Mayweather. For get that. This isn’t charity.
Mayweather’s final totals for the Mayweather-Cotto fight aren’t in yet, but already they’ve reached 1.5 million buys. Now contrast that with the 1.25 million PPV buys that Pacquiao brought in for his fight against Cotto in 2009. That shows you that Pacquiao isn’t as big a money maker as Mayweather, and it’s going to be much worse when the final totals are in for the Mayweather-Cotto fight.
Mayweather now has a serious argument to make why he deserves a 60-40 deal with Pacquiao. Why give the guy and even deal if he can’t bring in the same kind of cash. I wouldn’t be surprised if Mawyeather comes back with a 70-30 offer to Pacquiao the next time they look to negotiate a deal, because that seems like the much more fairer deal to me.