Pacquiao vs. Rios PPV does less than 500k buys

Credit: Chris Farina / Top Rank

The Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios HBO pay-per-view produced only 475,000 buys, according to multiple reports. Even with anticipated lower than usual numbers due to the fight being held out of the United States, Pacquiao vs. Rios producing less than  500k buys hurts both HBO and Top Rank, not to mention Pacquiao himself.

On the one hand, somebody such as, oh, Floyd Mayweather, will be licking his chops looking at those numbers. With such a disparity between the perceived standing of each man in the sport right now both in ability and fan appeal in the United States, Mayweather could essentially make any demand or receive any share of the total earnings for a mega-fight against Pacquiao.

Despite the fact that Pacquiao vs. Mayweather is four years too late, it’s still a fight that fans will want to see, and pay to see.

On the other hand, Mayweather may simply look at those numbers and wonder, why bother, or who cares? He’s doing plenty of big business all on his own, and with so much strife between him, and Bob Arum and Top Rank, why should he give them any kind of big opportunity?

Nevertheless, a potential Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight is already a talking point across the sport. Whether bad Pacquiao vs. Rios PPV sales hurt Pacquiao at the negotiating table, or make a Mayweather fight an impossibility, is still to be seen.

Either way, it’s a quick fall for Pacquiao. One year ago he was one of the top two fighters in the world, the biggest and most in demand boxer in the business, and very much in control of his in-the-ring destiny. A bad decision, a brutal knockout loss, and now, some poor pay-per-view sales, change things in a hurry.

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  1. Cant believe the fight only drew 500k buys thort it wud ov done 7oo ooo easily ,maybye its because it wasnt in the u.s n in macau pacman done 700k against clottey 4 christ sake its his lowest ppv fight since 08 wen he battered david diaz which done about 270k,,,,oviously he,s not the draw he once was cant see him doing a mil buys wiv no 1 except floyd n that fight is never gonna happen ,even thort he wud ov stopped rios in about 8 rds brandons a j welter fighter ,glad to see him get a nice 4 mil payday like hes a warrior but i thort this fight wud ov been greqat while it lasted,,,pacmans past his best now the last boxer he stopped was cotto about 7 fights ago he,ll go down as 1 ov the best ov the last 25 yrs a top 25 p4p ov all time maybye,i have him ranked 3rd best sice 1993 to now ,,he only has a few left in him,,,u watch probs another marquez fight that no 1 wants to see both are past it,or maybye alvarado or ruslan which wud b a massive risk as that guy wud give manny hell,,,props to 1 ov the best boxers ov the last 25 yrs,,,,,,,,,a greattttt fighter ,,,

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