So initial reports have the PPV numbers for "The Event" around 700k and I doubt many people will be surprised. While on one hand I find the number to be low I think a lot should be taken into consideration in regards to this number and why it is actually rather impressive at the same time. It also sets up talk of how Mayweather / Mosley will beat this number which will lead to Mayweather (if he wins) demanding a larger percentage if he negotiates with Pacquiao.
This number is all because of Manny
The 700k was solely on the back of Manny Pacquiao as Clottey has no drawing power. Unless you are a boxing fan little to nobody knew of Clottey. Also comparing this number to what he did against Hatto 825k and Cotto 1.25 is actually impressive as it shows Manny's drawing power when he is facing a nobody. DLH at his prime when he faced people that were the caliber of Clottey would do 500k PPV buys.
Mayweather vs Mosley will crush this number
I have heard the argument that Mayweather / Mosley will beat the PPV numbers from Pac-Clottey. To that I say... ummm yeah I won't argue this and what does this prove? Would you compare Mosley to Clottey? No they are completely different fighters and to be ignorant to the fact that Clottey is a no name vs Mosley who is a big name just shows how biased people can be. Mayweather / Mosley also have another factor in their favor to make their fight bigger and that is the fact they have been circling each other for years.
I honestly think Mayweather / Mosley will do 1.75 - 2.25 million at least and anything less is a failure.
The truth in PPV is it takes two for the number to be big...
What Pacquiao proves against Clottey is that he is a very big draw even in a non-competitive fight and can put up a big PPV all by himself. Mayweather's number when he fights Mosley is reflective of his drawing power + Mosley and the fact they are two of the best boxers in the sport will boost the numbers even more. Mayweather to say my fight did more than yours proves nothing to be honest. If Mayweather faced a weak fighter and did over 1 million then he would have a point, but Floyd isn't facing a nobody he is facing what some consider the #1 Welterweight in Shane Mosley.
Remember Mayweather vs JMM who is one of the biggest Mexican PPV draws only did 1 million. Two big names and Floyd coming out of retirement this isn't a bad number, but Pacquiao vs a no name / less than exciting opponent does 700k and was one of the top 5 attended boxing events in history.
60/40 I want a bigger cut!
As far as Mayweather saying all of this he has to be out of his mind if he thinks Manny would ever agree to this cut, but Floyd is a smart man and he is laying the ground work for their potential negotiations. In the end I think he is saying all of this to get leverage / the upper hand and will come closer to 55/45 as long as Pacquiao agrees to the drug testing.
I am a Pacquaio fan and I will admit the Clottey fight was a dud and I rank it with Mayweather vs JMM as the most boring / disappointing fight in the past year. It was a case of the Mayweather negotiations falling apart and Manny taking a fight to stay in fighting shape as his election (I pray he loses) in the Philippines was very close... Clottey was the best available unfortunately.
Just think if Arum waited to end negotiations after Mosley became available we could be talking about Pac-Mosley now... Uncle Bob (who I hate) made a bet that since there weren't a lot of fighters available they would move onto Clottey to leave Mayweather twisting in the wind with no dance partner. So I would say Mayweather got very lucky when Mosley became available after the tragedy in Haiti and he got to stick it to Uncle Bob in the process / make him look like a fool.
In the end Manny did everything to make the fight interesting, but Clottey didn't want to be knocked out. As far as Mosley goes I am a fan of his and glad to see him get his shot as the sun is setting on his career.