A new and possibly unbreakable record of pay-per-view buys was set by the
Mayweather's unanimous-decision triumph at MGM Grand in Las Vegas generated more than $400 million in sales. With closed-circuit sales, a near $75 million live gate and international broadcast fees, the event created "well over" $500 million, according to a Showtime spokesman.
Previously, the 2007 Mayweather-
Those records succumbed to an avalanche of sales that actually overwhelmed several national cable and satellite companies in the minutes before the fight, delaying the start time.
The long-awaited showdown, which collapsed over drug-testing, purse and ego disputes since 2009, was generally panned by fans and experts alike.
Mayweather's victory, by scores of 118-110, 116-112, 116-112, was a technical showing by the winner as Pacquiao labored, later reporting he had suffered a right shoulder injury in an April 4 sparring session.
He said he aggravated the injury in the fourth round, and was reduced to seeking only a left-handed knockout punch that was never delivered as Mayweather improved to 48-0.
In a news release, it was noted the bout was "distributed in 175 countries worldwide."