It may not be the biggest fight in boxing history. It certainly wasn't the best fight in boxing history. It wasn't even the best fight in 2015. It will however, be known as the biggest revenue generated fight in the history of the sport, and of most sports. In fact, the only single day sporting event that generated more money is the Super Bowl. The numbers produced by the mega-showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are ones for the history books. Mayweather-Pacquiao toppled the PPV buy record set by De La Hoya-Mayweather back in 2007 by nearly doubling it's numbers. The final PPV numbers sit at 4.4 million buys, shattering De La Hoya-Mayweather's previous record of 2.5 million.
That wasn't all. The live gate record set by Mayweather-Canelo two years ago of a $20 million dollar revenue was also decimated by Mayweather-Pacquiao, which brought in around $71 million dollars, nearly tripling the record. The fight brought in over $400 million dollars in PPV revenue as well, destroying the previous record that Mayweather-Canelo set in 2013.
In the end, the fight will bring in a total of over $550 million dollars when it's all said and done, which is something that both promoters thought could happen but likely didn't expect. It remains to be seen how much both Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will bring home at the end of the day but both are expected to be in the nine figure range. That's pretty amazing for a sport that many have proclaimed, and still proclaim, a dead sport.