Disappointing PPV buy rate for Pacquiao-Bradley III

April 20, 2016

The Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley trilogy did poorly on PPV according to Bob Arum in a report from ESPN’s Dan Rafael.  The Top Rank promoter admits that the PPV did between 400K-500K buys and that the event lost money.

Arum admitted that the April 9th event will be closer to 400K PPV buys than 500K and that the PPV numbers are terrible.

The event will lose money considering Pacquiao was guaranteed $20 million and Bradley $4 million even before considering pay for the rest of the card.  Although the reported purse for Pacquiao was $7 million, he was guaranteed $20 million.

The replay on HBO did a respectable 750,000 network subscribers without an accompanying live fight.

Payout Perspective:

Clearly there was no appeal to this third matchup and Pacquiao’s comments about same sex relationships hurt this event even more.  Similarly, Floyd Mayweather’s September fight against Andre Berto likely was a money loser as well considering the payouts to fighters and a comparable buy rate (400K-500K).  Maybe its best that Pacquiao fade away as his PPV draw has faded.  Of course, this is boxing so we will likely see him this November.

13 Responses to “Disappointing PPV buy rate for Pacquiao-Bradley III”

  1. tops E on April 20th, 2016 10:03 PM

    Why should he fade away? How many ppv did he have before mayweather blockbuster 342k? Algieri…….thou he should fight later as to give 140 to 147 lbs new boxers some exposures….spence,garcia etc…..

  2. d on April 21st, 2016 3:41 AM

    Hahahahahahahahahaha!!

  3. Diego on April 21st, 2016 3:41 AM

    Spence and Garcia are Haymon fighters. They will never fight Manny because Arum and Haymon will not do business together.

  4. d on April 21st, 2016 3:42 AM

    “The Top Rank promoter admits that the PPV did between 400K-500K buys and that the event lost money.”

    Exactly what I pointed out.

  5. Not as bad as the UFC's events with Arlovski on April 21st, 2016 3:46 AM

    I mean come on. Let’s be honest. Now that the UFC’s cashcows are gone, get ready for the UFC to go the way of WSOF.

  6. d on April 21st, 2016 4:09 AM

    It is amazing that any of these boxing promotions survive. They take all of the risk and get little to no reward.

  7. d on April 21st, 2016 8:06 AM

    https://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/conor-mcgregor-statement—i-am-not-retired-145125977.html

    McGregor not retiring. Still willing to fight at 200.

    Somewhere Fight Fan and the Weakest are pulling their hair out after reading this.

    Hahahaha.

  8. Fight Fan on April 21st, 2016 8:34 AM

    Lol ol McTapper realized his bluff didn’t work and now he’s on his knees begging for the fight and payday.

  9. The Greatest on April 21st, 2016 12:29 PM

    I predicted 400-500k.

    If Pacquiao fought Canelo, it would be the biggest ppv of the year.

  10. The Greatest on April 21st, 2016 12:34 PM

    Conors making him and the ufc look weak.
    Ufc 200 is bunk

  11. tops E on April 21st, 2016 1:08 PM

    What i was trying to say pac and may should fight much later to give boxers spence garcia etc.(stacked 140 to 147)…exposure because they are overshadowed by maypac

  12. Random Dude on April 21st, 2016 6:15 PM

    So when Arum reports bad numbers they are accurate according to d, but when he reports good numbers they are not accurate because he and other boxing promoters always lie according to d.
    So which one is it d? Does Arum and other promoters lie or tell the truth when it comes to PPV numbers? You can’t have it both ways. It makes you look like the troll you definitely are and the UFC employee you probably are.

  13. d on April 21st, 2016 7:43 PM

    “I predicted 400-500k”

    It probably did less than this.

    “If Pacquiao fought Canelo, it would be the biggest ppv of the year.”

    For boxing…which wouldn’t say much.

    “Conors making him and the ufc look weak.
    Ufc 200 is bunk”

    It will still do more than every boxing ppv this year.

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