The figures for Saturday night’s epic battle between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand have come back showing that the 16,000 capacity sell-out took over $10million dollars in gate receipts.
Promoter Bob Arum had stated prior the fight that Pacquiao, who was knocked out in the sixth rounds by Marquez, was due a guaranteed $23million for his part in the Fight of the Year contender and the takings will go some way to clearing that promise.
Talk has already begun that a fifth clash could happen Immediately between the two seasoned champions after six captivating rounds and Arum can expect a similar result if the potential bout heads back to Las Vegas.
With 39 year-old Marquez finally earning a victory at the fourth attempt over his arch-rival, ‘Dinamita’ could put an argument out there for the bout to be staged in his native Mexico as discussed prior to the announcement for their latest outing.
Some have called for Pacquiao to step away from the sport, making calls for a fifth bout academic after what was an horrendous end to the contest for his family to endure, although the Filipino says he’s not ready and will continue to fight on into 2013.