Before Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao mixed it up last weekend (Sat., May 2, 2015) in Las Vegas, Nevada, early estimates predicted that the "Fight of the Century' would garner around three million pay-per-view (PPV) buys.
That would be more than enough to break the previous record, which saw "Money's" title fight against Oscar De La Hoya nab 2.48 million buys in 2007.
But according to Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, "MayPac" will leave that record in the dust, as early numbers are showing that "Mayweather vs. Pacquiao" could top five million buys.
Yahoo Sports on Thursday learned sales figures for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight on DirecTV and Dish Network, as well as AT&T's uVerse and Verizon's FIOS services. Those add up to 2.25 million sales, which even without one sale from a cable company customer would make it tied for the second-highest-selling pay-per-view of all time. DirecTV sold 1.15 million pay-per-views, while Dish's number was 500,000. The telephone companies combined for 600,000. Combined, that is 2.25 million already. If cable systems wound up being 60 percent of the total, that would mean the final figure is a mind-boggling 5.625 million
As a result of the unbelievable numbers, both Floyd Meayweather's and Manny Pacquiao's purses will be a lot higher than originally expected.
"Pac Man" will now take home anywhere between $114 million to $133 million, while it is believed that "Money" will be cashing a $250 million check for his efforts when it's all said and done.
Just let that sink in for a minute.