Manny Pacquiao’s resounding win over Jessie Vargas last Nov. 5 in Las Vegas drew more than 300,000 buys, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum revealed.
While the figures pale in comparison with Pacquiao’s monster numbers a few years ago when he slugged with the marquee names, the result was still welcomed by the Top Rank chief.
“We presented a great show,” Arum told USA Today. We made money. Everybody made money. You don’t hit a home run every time. We hit a single or a double. I’m very pleased.”
The Vargas fight was almost identical to the third Bradley fight last April in terms of PPV subscriptions.
Pacquiao floored Vargas, younger by ten years at 27, once in the second round en route to a unanimous decision victory before 16,132 fans at the Thomas and Mack Center.
What made the event even more special was the presence at ringside of Floyd Mayweather, who didn’t speak with Pacquiao but made eye contact and did hand gestures with the fighting lawmaker from Sarangani.
Mayweather’s decision to attend the fight only stirred talks the two are bound to face off in a rematch in mid-2017.
Arum feels that Mayweather’s attendance was a good sign that the rivals could end up agreeing to go at it one more time in a fight that is expected to do well financially.
The last time they fought, the PPV buys reached 4.6 million.
When everything was accounted for, the super showdown made $600 million in revenue.
Mayweather earned as much as $230 million, while Pacquiao reportedly got $150 million.
Pacquiao and Mayweather have a shared history of staggering PPV numbers.
During their prime, PPV buys of over 1 million were ordinary.
Pacquiao’s biggest PPV bouts came against Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito and Juan Manuel Marquez.
Mayweather’s greatest hits were against De La Hoya, Cotto, Mosley, Marquez, Canelo Alvarez.