The Mayweather Pacquiao PPV numbers from their mega-bout have been released, and they've shattered records.
Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix has asserted that the 'Fight of the Century' did 4.4million pay-per-view buys across America, and is expected to gross upwards of $400m in the States alone.
International purchases will likely bring the generated sum to a staggering $500m, but the 16,219 MGM Grand tickets sold raked in a massive $72.2m of the grand total alone, breaking boxing's gate record. This means the average ticket price was a pretty unfathomable $4,458.41. (per Dan Rafael)
To put these figures in perspective, the previous record in pay-per-view buys was held by Mayweather's 2013 superfight with Mexican starlet Canelo Alvarez, which did 2.2million buys, adjudged to have slightly edged Mayweather vs Oscar De La Hoya in 2007.
With Conor McGregor's UFC featherweight clash against José Aldo in the same arena expected to do just under one million pay-per-view buys - no mean feat in itself - it's easy to see why The Notorious' destinal title fight was pushed to July from its muted May date.
Boxing is dead?