Fight draws almost $150 million in revenue to date
Saturday’s fight between Floyd Mayweather and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez packed quite the punch in and out of the ring, setting a record for pay-per-view income with nearly $150 million in revenue reported to date.
The bout, which was titled “The One: Mayweather vs. Canelo” for its Showtime pay-per-view airing, generated a projected 2.2 million buys, according to preliminary reports from distributors.
The previous pay-per-view record was held by the 2007 fight between Mayweather and Oscar de la Hoya, which pulled in $136 million. That bout still holds the record for buys with 2.48 million, though when all is said and done, Saturday’s fight could surpass that.
The pay-per-view card also included a fight between Philadelphia boxer Danny “Swift” Garcia and Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse of Argentina.
Both the Mayweather-Canejo fight and the Garcia-Matthysse bout will air on Showtime on Sept. 21 at 9 p.m.
Mayweather was guaranteed a record $41.5 million for the fight, with Alvarez receiving $5 million.