According to ESPN's Dan Rafeal, the Mexican showdown between Saul Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr that took place Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV could have reached 1 million PPV buys. The fight, that saw Alvarez destroy Chavez Jr over 12 rounds, would exceed many expert predictions if that is the case. It would also beat the Canelo-Cotto number of 900K, a fight that should have probably drew in a better number.
Expert predictions saw this fight doing around 500-600K buys. The exceeded projected number of 1 million could mean that the destructive aftermath of Mayweather-Pacquiao, where PPV numbers dropped and boxing viewership across the nation fell significantly, is finally at it's end. Boxing has a whole is perhaps starting to bounce back all together as both HBO and Showtime have seen a slight increase in viewership over the last month.
With a Canelo-Golovkin showdown on the horizon in September it's expected that views could go up all summer long. Adding to the increase in numbers could be the heavyweight showdown a week and half ago where a young undefeated monster Anthony Joshua KO'ed Wladimir Klitschko in a massive event that many are calling the Event of the Year and Fight of the Year. All in all, Boxing's viewers seem to be rising.