Sep 14, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. (blue gloves) and Canelo Alvarez battle it during their during their WBC and WBA super welterweight titles fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez breaks PPV record

When Floyd Mayweather took on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on pay-per view for the WBC and WBA super welterweight titles, it was expected that the event would break boxing records. With the numbers being released, it is confirmed that the bout set a new pay-per view revenue record by a large margin.

The show did 2.2 million buys for a revenue of $150,000,000.

Considering that the price was $65 for standard definition and $75 for HD, it really shouldn’t be a surprise.

From Showtime’s press release:

THE ONE: MAYWEATHER VS. CANELO — ranked as the highest-grossing pay-per-view of all time, with nearly $150 million in U.S. pay-per-view revenue reported to date. The news was announced today by Showtime Networks Inc., a division of CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS), in conjunction with event promoters Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions.

The SHOWTIME PPV presentation of THE ONE surpassed the previous record of $136 million generated by Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing event in 2007.

Preliminary reports from distributors show pay-per-view buys projected to be 2.2 million. While not fully reported from all distributors, the total buys could challenge the existing record of 2.48 million pay-per-view buys set by De La Hoya vs. Mayweather. The initial report immediately following the De La Hoya vs. Mayweather event in 2007 was 2.15. THE ONE has already exceeded the previous #2 event, the infamous World Heavyweight Championship bout between Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II (1.95 million, 1997).

There is still some slight chance that the event could break the all-time pay-per views buy record, but we will still need to wait and see if that record will fall.

Tags: Boxing Canelo Alvarez Floyd Mayweather

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