The total pay-per-view (PPV) buys for the May 7 fight between Manny Pacqyuiao and Shane Mosley on CBS-Showtime could surpass the PPV take on Pacquiao's recent fight with Antonio Margarito, which reached 1.15 million.
Top Rank Promotions owner Bob Arum said Pacquiao's May 7 fight with Shane Mosley may hit 1.4 million PPV buys as he awaits the figures over the weekend.
"A number around 1.4 million to 1.5 million, Arum said, would highlight the effect of the promotion on the buy rate. Arum said he expected to know the exact number by the end of the week," nytimes.com reports.
If the final PPV buys reach 1.3 million, it would be Pacquiao's biggest take since his fight with Oscar de la Hoya in 2008 which generated 1.25 millions buys.
Except for his fight with Ghana's Joshua Clottey, Pacquiao has consistently generated over one million buys during his last four fights.
Assuming the final take reaches 1.3 million, the fight would then generate at least $70 million in fight revenues at $54.99 per PPV buy, excluding gate and close circuit TV revenues.
Pacquiao was reportedly guaranteed a $20 million purse plus his share on the PPV receipts. If his share is added to his guaranteed purse, it is possible Pacquiao will make more than $35 million from his fight with Shane Mosley.
"The hitch is that Marquez's promoter, Golden Boy, has the contractual opportunity to match the deal, and its chief executive says he plans to," latimes.com reports.
"Golden Boy Chairman Richard Schaefer told The Times that it's his understanding Marquez has agreed to a Pacquiao fight at a lowered welterweight catch weight of 144 pounds, with $5 million guaranteed for Marquez," the report added.
Schaefer has mentioned Victor Ortiz as Marquez opponent for his September fight if Golden Boy can match the $5 million purse offered by Top Rank.