Arum expects Mayweather-Pacquiao PPV numbers to go past 4.4M

Image: Arum expects Mayweather-Pacquiao PPV numbers to go past 4.4MBy Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum says the pay-per-view numbers released today for the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight were conservative estimates, according to Arum expects the final PPV numbers to hit 4.8 million, but below 5 million.

Those numbers are far fewer than the 6.4 million that were estimated by Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports. It’s possible that the PPV numbers would have been higher if not for the cable outages that took place on the night of the fight which prevented many boxing fans from being able to order the fight.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr: The Journey

Image: Floyd Mayweather Jr: The JourneyBy Ken Wills: In my generation there has never been a Boxer that has taken us all on a journey quite like first “Pretty Boy” and now “Money” Mayweather. Whether your a fan or a critic we have all gone along on this journey. For the fans the journey has been to prove to the world that there is no one better and that his skills are unmatched in the sport of boxing.

For the critics this journey has been to prove that he is nothing but a hype job, a runner, a loud mouth and that every accomplishment is tarnished in some way shape or form.

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Mayweather v Pacquiao – The fight about numbers not timing

Image: Mayweather v Pacquiao - The fight about numbers not timingBy Daniel Hughes: It’s amazing to see how many sports fans around the world have commented and feel shortchanged about the recent Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight on May 2nd. The ‘fight for the fans’ was about the realistic state of where both fighters currently stand.

It was a fight about generating revenue numbers now, not about their current respective talents, at their peak both fighters would have looked at a split of $50 – $60 million dollars.

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Kellerman: Some people think Pacquiao sold out for money – by fighting with an injured shoulder

By Chris Williams: Last Saturday, HBO commentator Max Kellerman sounded off on his view of Manny Pacquiao’s revelation of him fighting with a preexisting shoulder injury for his May 2nd mega-clash with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas, Nevada. While Kellerman acknowledges that a lot of boxing fans believe that Pacquiao sold out by choosing to take the $100 million+ payday for the fight by choosing to go through with the event despite a bad shoulder injury that he sustained last April, Kellerman thinks that Pacquiao did an admirable thing by going through with it.

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Mayweather-Pacquiao brings in more than 4.4 million PPV buys

Floyd Mayweather vs Manny PacquiaoBy Chris Williams: Despite problems with the major cable companies on the night of the “Fight of the Century,” the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight has reportedly brought in more than 4.4 million pay-per-view buys in the United States.

Additionally, the revenue for the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight is over $400M with it likely to come in over $500 million when the tally is complete. The total has dwarfed the $150 million that the Mayweather vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight brought in back in 2013.

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Was Pacquiao’s shoulder injury an accident waiting to happen?

1-MAYPAC WEIGH IN-TRAPPFOTOS-3614By Yannis Mihanos: Many people were surprised with Manny Pacquiao’s (57-6-2, 38 KOs) reaction right after the fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) on May 2nd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao basically said that he fought while injured with a right shoulder problem.

In all pre-fight videos and especially in the media work out day, Pacquiao was flying: he appeared as strong, as sharp and as relaxed as ever. As the days passed we also witnessed an almost complete reverse in betting odds presenting Pacquiao not as an underdog but close to favorite for the fight.

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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Generates Combined Total Revenues In Excess of $500 Million

The boxing blockbuster event, Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, shattered the previous record for total pay-per-view buys and now ranks as the highest-grossing pay-per-view of all time. Initial reports from distributors indicate that the event generated more than 4.4 million U.S. buys and more than $400 million in domestic pay-per-view revenue alone. With additional revenue from the live gate at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, international television distribution, sponsorships, closed circuit and merchandise sales, the event is expected to generate in excess of $500 million in gross worldwide receipts. The news was announced jointly by Showtime Networks Inc., a subsidiary of CBS Corporation, and HBO in conjunction with event promoters Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank, Inc.

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Hopkins thinks fans should be upset with Pacquiao’s injury revelation

1-MAYPAC-FIGHTNIGHT-TRAPPFOTOS-5238By Chris Williams: Boxing great Bernard Hopkins says that Manny Pacquiao had the burden on him in his mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. to produce the things that he’d talked about before the fight. When Pacquiao failed to do that, he was reduced to making excuses about being injured before the fight.

Hopkins notes that Pacquiao revealed the injury to the public after the fight when he was going to get paid for the fight. It doesn’t seem to sit right with Hopkins that Pacquiao didn’t tell the boxing world about his injury before the fight. Pacquiao’s team told the USADA drug monitoring agency about the fight, but he reportedly didn’t inform the Nevada State Athletic Commission until the day of the fight.

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Thurman: Pacquiao is no longer second or third best at welterweight

thurman5By Chris Williams: If you listen to WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman talk, he says that Manny Pacquiao is no longer even the No.2 or No.3 fighter in the 147 pound division. Thurman thinks that there are several other fighters in the welterweight division besides Floyd Mayweather Jr. that can beat Pacquiao.

Thurman doesn’t say who those fighters are, but my guess is he’s counting himself, Amir Khan, Marcos Maidana and Kell Brook as the fighters that he feels could beat Pacquiao.

That’s actually four fighters, but I think that might be the case.

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Malignaggi thinks Pacquiao faked his shoulder injury

pacBy Chris Williams: Showtime commentator Paulie Malignaggi is one of the many people who believe that Manny Pacquiao faked his shoulder injury in his “Fight of the Century” against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2nd in order to get the heat off of him from his 12 round decision loss to the American star.

Malignaggi thinks that Pacquiao initially came up with the “I thought I won the fight” line, but once he saw that it wasn’t going over too well with people, Pacquiao changed his tactics to him saying that he had a shoulder injury.

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