You'd think that charging $90 for just standard definition would be enough to limit the number of people who bought the mega-sized Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view (PPV) last night (Sat., May 2, 2015).
But, you'd be wrong.
Boxing fans watching the fight from valid and unsavory sources alike had some moments of real fear last night when their streams started to stutter or shut off completely. Effectively ever major cable provider struggled to handle the crushing last-minute demand; in fact, CNBC's Steve Kopack counted 10 different major providers fielding complaints on their Twitter pages.
Really, it says something about how much of a mess it was that Comcast was, for one blissful night, not the worst cable company in the land. Luckily, HBO and Showtime agreed to delay the main event until closer to midnight ET to give the companies time to sort things all out.
To be fair, they weren't alone in their traffic difficulties. For about the first five rounds of the main event, I was writing my play-by-play in Microsoft Word and couldn't actually get the updates to publish on MMAmania.com until halfway through the fight.
Online traffic was mind-boggling. And historic.
It was a night for the ages in a lot of ways. It will definitely be interesting to see the numbers once they come out. Will PPV buys top 3 million? It sure seems that way today.