Well... the numbers are in! The May 1st Welterweight mega-fight between Floyd "Money" Mayweather (41-0, 25 KO's) and "Sugar" Shane Mosley (46-6, 39 KO's) brought out the Hollywood stars to a sold-out MGM Grand in Las Vegas but more importantly to Golden Boy and Mayweather Promotions, it drew 1.4 million domestic pay-per-view buys and $78.3 million in television revenue, according to HBO.
Mayweather's dominating decision over Mosley makes this fight the second highest non-heavyweight PPV bout in history. It ties 1999s Welterweight fight between Oscar De La Hoya and Felix Trinidad, although Mayweather vs. Mosley generated more money because PPV costs are higher these days.
The fight that gave Floyd Mayweather his superstar status—his victory over Oscar De La Hoya on Cinco De Mayo in 2007—is the all-time record holder for pay-per-view buys with just under 2.5 million buys and about $137 million in television revenue.
The moniker "Money" has great significance for Floyd. He definitely knows how to sell a fight and he definitely backs up his talk. Since 2007, three out of his last four bouts have gone over 1 million PPV buys. The only fight that didn't was his fight against Ricky Hatton, which generated just under 1 million buys, domestically. If you include the United Kingdom's PPV purchases, it generated over 1.6 million PPV buys.
So what does this all mean for the potential super showdown against Manny Pacquiao?
The most recent news, according to ESPN's Dan Rafael, says Michael Koncz, Manny Pacquiao's advisor, told the Associated Press that Manny Pacquiao will fight in November. Two dates have been set aside at Cowboys Stadium, November 6 and November 13. Although he didn't elaborate on who the opponent will be, we all assume it will be "Money."
The ball is in Manny Pacquiao's court when it comes to accepting Floyd's drug testing demands, but the ball is Floyd's court when it comes to who gets paid more.
I definitely see Floyd Mayweather asking for a 55/45 purse split now, at the very least. I wouldn't be surprised if he asks for a 60/40 split either considering this fight's PPV numbers doubled Manny Pacquiao's March 13th bout against Joshua Clottey.
Also, after his lopsided victory over future Hall of Famer Shane Mosley, Floyd Mayweather jumped over Manny Pacquiao in the pound-for-pound rankings and is now ranked No. 1 on some boxing websites. So I assume that will play a role in Floyd's money demands as well.
If and when Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao is made official, we can only imagine how big this fight will be around the world. It should break the Mayweather-De La Hoya PPV record, but the question is, by how much?
I'm thinking, 3 million PPV buys, what do you guys think?