Have you ever wondered how pay-per-view boxing matches work? If so, then you’re in the right place. This dilemma has been on our minds lately so we decided to investigate. Read on, the answers may shock you!
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
Whatever the price point of each boxing match, the cable network that is presenting viewers with the opportunity to watch and the promotors take both around half of the revenue. In saying that let us have a look at some of the biggest pay per view matches throughout history.
FELIX TRINIDAD VERSUS OSCAR DE LA HOYA
This match resulted in $1.4 million while the revenue brought in over $71 million.
MIKE TYSON VERSUS PETER MCNELEY
Boxing giant Mike Tyson brought in the big guns with $1.58 million paid for pay per view buys, whilst the match itself gained a total of $63 million in revenue alone.
EVANDER HOLIFIELD VERSUS MIKE TYSON
This popular match got almost $1.6 million in pay per view buys, but grossed $79 million in revenues.
ALVAREZ VERSUS MCGREGOR
The match itself had a pay per view buy in total of $1.7 million, but raised an estimated revenue of $120 million.
FLOYD MAYWEATHER VERSUS SAUL ALVAREZ
Pay per view buy ins were impressively high with $2.2 million, raising an even more impressive #150 million in revenues.
FLOYD MAYWEATHER VERSUS MANNY PACQUIAO
This match right here is the history of pay per view boxing up until today with a huge $4.6 million total of buys for pay per views, whilst gaining a revenue of $400 million dollars. This fight was dubbed the fight of the century and broke all previous records.
Floyd Mayweather at the moment holds the record as the biggest pay per view attraction in terms of boxing of all time with an approximate 19.5 million buys and totalling a jaw dropping $1.3 billion in revenue. Cable networks do not prefer the pay per view option as they say that it narrows down their audience drastically, but are left with no choice as boxers and promotors love this using this platform as they gain the most profit from it.
CRAZY, BUT INTERESTING BOXING FACTS
- The actual sport dates back to ancient Greece, where it was made an Olympic sport way back in 688 BC
- One of the most famous boxers of our time, Sugar Ray Robinson decided to back out from fighting his opponent due to a dream he had the night before. The dream involved him killing his opponent.
- Only after persistent conviction from a priest and minister did he decide to attend the fight after all. After going into the ring only one of the fighters left alive, after Jimmy Doyle, his opponent was killed during the match.
- An unofficial boxing match between a man and a bear occurred in 1945 and yes you guessed it, the bear won.
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