Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Miguel Cotto-Manny Pacquiao Fight Generated Roughly 1.25 Million PPV Buys

The numbers are finally out. After tons of speculation, the final Pay-per-view buy-rate for the Miguel Cotto-Manny Pacquiao fight was released Friday: 1.25 million buys. Not bad at all. Certainly not a disappointment, but below my personal expectations. I thought for sure Manny-Cotto, combining their star-power, would easily generate at least 1.5 million buys.

When the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight finally materializes, after all said is done, I expect that fight to break box office records. I can't imagine Pacquiao-Mayweather not besting De La Hoya-Mayweather (the total PPV buys settled in at 2.4 million). There is finally a fighter in Manny Pacquiao who has a GREAT shot of giving Floyd his first loss: Villain vs. hero, speed vs. speed, offense vs. defense; an immovable force in Mayweather vs. a destructive offensive moving machine in Manny Pacquiao. Oh yes, people will tune in - by the millions!

What does this matter to me? Well, I'm not financially invested in either fighter; but it is a sign that the sport is doing good - thriving even. 2010 looks to be an up-year for boxing.

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