Cable Companies' PPV Difficulties Cause Delay in Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 3, 2015

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 01:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) and Manny Pacquiao face off during their official weigh-in on May 1, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two will face each other in a welterweight unification bout on May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The demand was so high for Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao that it quite literally knocked out the pay-per-view service showing the fight.

Prior to the fighters stepping into the ring, ESPN's Darren Rovell shared a screen shot from one fan who was told that the bout wouldn't be available to purchase for two weeks:

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

DirecTV order page tells customer to check back on fight in 2 weeks (H/T @tcdonovan) http://t.co/qzMnLgHG6t

Both CNBC's Steve Kopack and ESPN's Dan Rafael noted that it wasn't an isolated incident, either:

Dan Rafael @danrafaelespn

Lots of problems nationwide it seems with the PPV crashing. Not good. #MayweatherPacquiao #boxing

Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports also reported that the issues with the providers led to a delay in the start of the fight:

Dan Wetzel @DanWetzel

At one point promotion wanted Mayweather headed to the ring by 11:15 ET. With PPV ordering problems, may be closer to midnight.

With all of these issues leading up to Mayweather's eventual victory over Pacquiao, Rovell noted that providers were giving refunds to customers who had issues with their orders.

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao is expected to set the record for PPV revenue, with Forbes' Kurt Badenhausen setting the projected figure at roughly $300 million.


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