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Pacquiao-Clottey did 700,000 pay-per-view buys

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HBO reports that the Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey fight in Texas on March 13 generated 700,000 pay-per-view buys, with $35.3 million in revenue.

The numbers fell far short of Pacquiao’s 12th-round TKO of Miguel Cotto in November, but that bout (which had 1.25 million PPV buys) against the popular Puerto Rican world welterweight champ had more of a so-called “B name” upside.

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The Clottey figure instead showed how Pacquiao’s popularity has soared in the last two years, given that his March 2008 bout versus the respected Juan Manuel Marquez had just 400,000-plus buys.

“We are extremely pleased with the ... performance of Pacquiao-Clottey. It significantly exceeded our expectations,” HBO PPV President Mark Taffet said. “It is a testament to the popularity of Pacquiao and the vitality of the sport, and it gives us great encouragement as we look toward the May 1 [Floyd] Mayweather-[Shane] Mosley pay-per-view fight.”

Pacquiao, who clobbered Clottey in a unanimous decision, winning all 12 rounds on one judge’s scorecard, has has now produced 6.25 million PPV buys, worth $320 million in revenue in 12 PPV bouts, HBO reports.

-- Lance Pugmire


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