Just how many people are going to shell out the 100 clams to see Mayweather vs. Pacquiao? Now you can bet on the pay-per-view numbers.
If you’re any type of sports fan, you probably don’t need to be reminded that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will finally share the same ring in what will likely be the biggest fight of our lifetime.
While critics will say this fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas should have taken place more than five years ago, when these two boxers were at the top of their game, there’s no doubting the economic magnitude of this fight.
It’s widely believed that Money vs. Pac will set all kinds of pay-per-view records despite a lofty $99 price tag. So how much money are we talking here?
Sports Interaction currently has the over/under odds for pay-per-view buys set at 3.8 million buys. To put that in perspective, the rematch between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield did 1.9 million buys back in 2002 and is considered one of the most-hyped fights ever.
Mayweather’s last fight, a rematch against Marcos Maidana dig just 925,000 buys and that was considered an extremely good result. Meanwhile, Pacquiao’s last fight against Chris Algieri reportedly struggled to crack 400,000 pay-per-view buys.
So, considering Mayweather is 38 years old and Pacquiao is 36, the money math makes sense. After playing hide-and-seek for years, both fighters knew they had to meet to secure huge paydays.
The over/under odds for Mayweather’s total share of the purse is set at $162 million as he is entitled to 60 percent of the fight’s take. Manny Pacquiao’s purse total is pegged at $108 million.
Check out our full list of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao props and betting odds.