Report: Mayweather-Pacquiao pay-per-view sales could reach 5 million
The pay-per-view sales from the welterweight unification bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao could reach five million buyers, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports.
Sales from DirecTV, Dish Network, uVerse from AT&T and Verizon's FIOS topped 2.25 million sales without other sales from other cable company providers factored in.
That figure alone would make the fight tied for second-highest-selling pay-per-view ever, tying it with the Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez fight in 2013.
The record is held by another Mayweather fight, his split decision victory over Oscar De La Hoya in 2007.
If the cable systems end up selling 60 percent of the pay-per-view total, sales could reach about 5.625 million, according to Yahoo! Sports estimates.
While a Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch would likely be lucrative as well, Mayweather said this week that he won't fight Pacquiao again. He called Pacquiao a "sore loser" and “coward.”
Pacquiao could be fined or suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission if he is found to have lied on the questionnaire about his injured right shoulder. He had surgery to repair a tear in his right rotator cuff and is expected to miss the next 9-12 months.
- Scooby Axson