The rumours in the sport world suggest that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are finally close to meeting inside the squared circle. It is no secret that Mayweather and Pacquiao will go down as two of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters, but now we will finally see just who of the two is the best. To show just how big business this proposed fight is, bookmakers are already taking bets on who is going to be the victor.
Mayweather is the strong favourite for the bout, while Pacquiao is drifting in the boxing odds. The excitement is building for fans.
So just how much money would a fight of this magnitude bring in? In short, an incredible amount. This is the must-see fight. Mayweather and Pacquiao flirted with the idea of fighting one another back in December 2009, but the proposed fight fell through. Negotiations were allegedly taking place in 2010 and 2012, but again the proposed battle collapsed. Here is a fight that has had a five-year build, even the neutral at home will be planning on buying this on PPV – much like when “Iron” Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis finally fought – a fight that Lewis won – which brought in over $100 million in ppv buys.
Mayweather has since bettered Tyson and Lewis’ record. He is a fighter that sells fights. Back in 2013, Mayweather’s clash with Saul Alvarez generated $150 million in PPV sales. Whilst Americans bought the fight to see Mayweather, Mexican’s were also paying as they got behind Alvarez. Now factor in the population of the Philippines, where Pacquiao is idolised, which stands at over 100,000 million and it soon becomes clear just how much money this fight would gross.
People are dying to see this fight. It is the talk of the boxing world and has been for the past five years. If there was ever a super-fight, this is it. Combining the massive populations of both fighters’ countries with the influx of neutral viewers who can’t help but buy it due to the storied history between the pair and you are practically printing money. You certainly wouldn’t be putting your neck on the line if you suggested that this fight will break the $200 million barrier. So let us all touch wood and hope that next year we will finally see the two behemoths of the boxing world step into that ring together.