SAN DIEGO, September 19, 2013 – “The One” is now the biggest one of all time.
The Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez Showtime pay per view event on Saturday, September 14 now ranks as the highest-grossing pay-per-view ever. Showtime Networks reports Thursday the U.S. revenue is nearly $150 million from 2.2 million projected pay per view buys. This beats the $136 million made by the previous record holder, Floyd Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya in 2007.
This figure is based on preliminary reports. The total figure is likely to climb. The question is whether the event will break the individual buys record, currently 2.48 million PPV buys set by the same Mayweather vs. De La Hoya fight.
The 2007 fight PPV price was $50. The recent fight price was as high as $75 in some markets, which is why it made more money without having to break the individual PPV buys record.
Showtime will broadcast Mayweather vs. Alvarez and Garcia vs. Matthysse on Saturday, Septemer 21, at 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time.
The fight set a new boxing record for live gate revenue at more than $20 million at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The crowd at the official weigh-in was believed to be the largest on record, featuring an announced attendance of more than 12,000 excited fans.
In Mexico, the fight was shown free on the Televisa network; 22.1 million people in 5.9 million households watched their national sports hero Alvarez lose to Mayweather. This is the largest audience ever to watch boxing on television in Mexico. It’s not an overall record breaker. A 1999 soccer match and the most popular telenovelas are a bigger draw.
Floyd Mayweather posted a photo today of the check he received for the fight from Golden Boy Promotions. It was also posted on Twitter by @Fight_Ghost. The total payday was $41.5 million, but like all paychecks there were a few deductions. Mayweather gave up $630,000 to cover U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug testing for the fight, and to purchase tickets for family and friends. Each boxer was given just 50 comped tickets for the fight, which barely covers Mayweather’s kids, bodyguards, and rappers. Face value ticket prices were $350 to $2,000; tickets were reported listed at up to $10,000 for floor seats on the secondary ticket market.
Showtime will broadcast the two main events, Mayweather vs. Alvarez and the far superior Garcia vs. Matthysse co-featured fight on Saturday, Septemer 21, at 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time. The broadcast will include additional footage from behind the scenes on fight night.
Showtime will follow up with its final episode of its “All Access” series on the Mayweather vs. Alvarez fight on Wednesday, September 25, at 10 p.m. Eastern/Pacific.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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