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Manny Pacquiao celebrating after a big victory
Manny Pacquiao can earn just as high as Floyd Mayweather. In the case of one opponent they share, Pacquiao earned significantly higher pay-per-view buys.
Against Juan Manuel Marquez, Pacquiao netted 1.4 million PPV buys during their third match of a trilogy this past November. Mayweather earned only one million against Marquez during his 2009 comeback.
Pacquiao's sales of 1.3 million were only a hair behind Mayweather's 1.4 million against Mosley. Pacquiao's loss of 100,000 in sales could be attributed to the shellacking Mayweather gave Mosley a year prior.
Even with that unattractive loss, Pacquiao still generated 1.3 million. That's amazing. Mayweather had a Mosley that was coming off an exciting knockout and could only manage 100,000 more.
Pacquiao sold 1.25 million PPV buys against a Miguel Cotto that was essentially without a responsible trainer and was still reeling from a loss to Antonio Margarito a year prior.
The Cotto Mayweather fought was a redeemed Cotto coming off his revenge win against Margarito in the highest-selling recent PPV without Pacquiao or Mayweather.
Now, to say De La Hoya or Mayweather truly caused their match to become the 2.4 million selling phenom that it was is being naive.
Think back. This was the first HBO 24/7 and Mayweather was on Dancing with the Stars. Everything that could be done was done to promote the fight.
24/7 was still a novelty, new and honest and engaging. People couldn't help but not only tune in, but believe they'd get a big show worth catching.
A record-breaking amount of people will tune in to see Mayweather-Pacquiao not because their favorite fighter is fighting, but because they now it will be a spectacle.
If Mayweather wants to put on the greatest spectacle he could possible achieve, he must concede to make a 50-50 deal or else Pacquiao will move on and they both shall have tarnished legacies.