Mayweather-Ortiz receives 1.25 million PPV buys

October 28, 2011

ESPN’s Dan Rafael tweeted that the official PPV buys for September’s Mayweather-Ortiz fight at 1.25 million. The numbers were provided by co-promoters for the event, Golden Boy and Mayweather Promotions.

Via Ring TV:

Mayweather-Ortiz generated buys from 1.25 million homes with a value of $78,440,000 in pay-per-view revenue, according to statements released on Friday.

Mayweather has now appeared in the three biggest non-heavyweight pay-per-view events in the sport’s history, including Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya ($136,853,700), Mayweather vs. Ortiz ($78,440,000) and Mayweather vs. Sugar Shane Mosley ($78,330,000).

Bad Left Hook notes that the PPV revenue may be skewed considering the PPV price was $10-$15 higher than the norm: $69.95 (HD) and $64.95 (non-HD).

Payout Perspective:

The strong buy rate  and revenue shows that the event’s title, “Star Power,” was directed primarily to Floyd Mayweather. With Mayweather reaping the rewards of the event based on the unique payout from the fight, Mayweather likely cleared the estimated $40 million he would earn from the night.

Based on these numbers, I would argue that this would make a fight with Manny Pacquiao harder to make. Further, Mayweather would be in no rush to broker a fight with Pacquaio as he’s sitting on a $40 million payday. Both sides would want to take more than a 50-50 split and the fact Mayweather can point to his drawing power is evidence that he should claim more than Pacquiao. Then, there’s the fact that he would risk the chance of losing his undefeated record. Pacquiao would counter that his worldwide likeability would claim an international audience. Despite the skepticism, hopefully the sides can agree to a split and the fight will happen sooner than later.

6 Responses to “Mayweather-Ortiz receives 1.25 million PPV buys”

  1. ChrisC on October 29th, 2011 9:00 AM

    That fight will never happen. Kinda sad Mayweather made more in this fight than any current fighter in the UFC will make in there whole career.

  2. Diego on October 30th, 2011 1:32 PM

    I still want my money back for that PPV.

  3. Machiel Van on October 31st, 2011 7:41 AM

    That fight won’t happen because the sport of professional boxing is broken (regardless of how the business is doing). Prove me wrong boxing.

  4. Jose Mendoza on October 31st, 2011 9:05 AM

    Just putting this out there:

    Sports Illustrated said the official PPV number for the event was 1.15M while Dave Meltzer said it was around 850K.

  5. Diego on November 1st, 2011 6:07 AM

    I trust Meltzer. 850k sounds about right. I refuse to believe that Mayweather would better than Pacquiao since stylistically he’s so boring.

    Make that 849,999 when I get my refund.

  6. mossman on November 2nd, 2011 10:16 PM

    I’m with you Diego… Money owes me some money for punking out like a little b*&%#!

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