As expected, the long-awaited fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao did not struggle to generate revenue.
The news came on the heels of the Nevada State Athletic Commission also announcing that the bout set a new record for gate revenue at more than $72 million.
Dan Rafael of ESPN passed along the confirmation from the commission, also noting the number of tickets sold for the event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena:
— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) May 12, 2015
Arash Markazi of ESPN provided the official press release, which notes that the fight had 4.4 million pay-per-view buys, generating more than $400 million in domestic revenue, with $500 million expected worldwide:
Brad Botkin of CBS Sports provided comments Money made during an interview with Jim Gray on Showtime, in which he retracted a previous offer to have a rematch with Pacquiao.
“Did I text Stephen A. Smith and say I will fight him again? Yeah, but I change my mind,” Mayweather said. “At this particular time, no, because he’s a sore loser and he’s a coward. If you lost, accept the loss and say, ‘Mayweather, you were the better fighter.'”
Pacquiao revealed after the fight that he was dealing with a shoulder injury, for which he has since had surgery. Only he knows how much of a difference that made during the mostly lopsided loss.
The good news for boxing is the hype allowed the fight to sell tickets and draw pay-per-view buys for huge money. The next question is where the sport goes now that the bout everybody wanted to see is in the rearview mirror.