Floyd Mayweather tops Manny Pacquiao and Mike Tyson on Pay Per View

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Floyd Mayweather stands above Mike Tyson as the generational Pay Per View king for home box office sales.

However, Mayweather gets dwarfed by old greats Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier’s overall purchases for screen time.

As World Boxing News breaks down the Top Ten Pay PPV sellers from the boxing world, Mayweather’s inclusion at fourth comes at the price of closed-circuit TV.

Many would instantly think Floyd Mayweather had sold the most Pay Per Views in history. However, when you look closer at the statistics, several factors come into play.

If total sales from all platforms where fans pay to watch the sport on a screen get taken into account, Ali is way out in front on 160 million and change.

That was back when most people had to buy a ticket to a theater to watch the fight live. That would change in the future with Home Box Office [HBO] PPV added into the mix.

This format would soon take over.

With Ali way out in front in the paid punter stakes, nobody gets near ‘The Greatest’ until closest rival Joe Frazier sixty million back on 100 million.

George Foreman is third on over 50 million thanks to his fight with Ali in 1974 and subsequent comeback in the 1980s.

Mayweather is fourth due to this era being primarily broadcast on home Pay Per View with closed-circuit a mere extra thanks to cable.

Manny Pacquiao comes fifth, with knockout icon Mike Tyson coming in sixth. Conor McGregor, Oscar De La Hoya, Anthony Joshua, and Evander Holyfield are Rounding off the top ten.

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Now, if we take those ten superstars and take away the closed-circuit sales, that’s where Floyd Mayweather comes into his element.

For instance, ‘Money’ is nine million ahead of Tyson on both lists. Pacquiao is second, in front of “The Baddest Man on the Planet.’

McGregor, De La Hoya, Joshua, and Holyfield give the top seven positions a distinct flavor of the post-1970s.

Due to his run to become the oldest heavyweight champion ever, Foreman is next. Ali is ninth, and Frazier is tenth.

Therefore, on the Pay Per View front, as we know it today, there’s no doubting that Floyd Mayweather is the king.


All-time / All Platforms

Muhammad Ali 162,944,000

Joe Frazier 100,500,000

George Foreman 52,000,000

Floyd Mayweather Jr. 29,090,000

Manny Pacquiao 22,214,000

Mike Tyson 20,700,000

Conor McGregor 18,400,000

Oscar De La Hoya 14,140,000

Anthony Joshua 13,441,000

Evander Holyfield 12,720,000

Muhammad Ali


Exclusively Home Sales

Floyd Mayweather Jr. 28,867,000

Manny Pacquiao 22,041,000

Mike Tyson 19,780,000

Conor McGregor 18,400,000

Oscar De La Hoya 14,090,000

Anthony Joshua 13,441,000

Evander Holyfield 12,600,000

George Foreman 2,000,000

Muhammad Ali 790,000

Joe Frazier 500,000

Phil has over ten years of boxing news experience. Founding editor of World Boxing News since 2010. Furthermore, WBN has over one billion views on all platforms.

Attending over 200 events and scoring over 400 fights, Phil has overseen WBN to a quarter of a million followers on social media.