Mayweather vs. Cotto: Fight Generates 1.5 Million PPV Buys and $94 Million

Henry MartinSenior Analyst IMay 11, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 05:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks over at Miguel Cotto during their WBA super welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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According to HBO Sports earlier today, the Ring Kings card, which headlined Mayweather vs. Cotto at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, generated an astounding 1.5 million PPV buys and generated $94 million in PPV revenue. This is surprising as it's only been a couple of days since the fight and we're being given numbers so quickly.

This is Mayweather's second-highest grossing PPV fight in his career and is the second-highest grossing non-heavyweight PPV fight in boxing history. Mayweather-Cotto is second behind Mayweather-Oscar De La Hoya, which sold over 2 million PPVs and generated about $137 million.

The live gate for the event generated a little over $12 million, which places it ninth in top-10 gates in Nevada history, and about 14,612 tickets were sold for the event. 

So, the question once again is should Mayweather give Manny Pacquiao a 50/50 split for a potential fight between the two? As of right now, maybe not. It looks like Mayweather's ability to draw in people right now with his flashy and flamboyant style outsells Manny any time. We'll have to wait and see until Pacquiao fights Timothy Bradley and the numbers are released on their fight until we can start debating splits again.

Whatever the argument may be though, there should be a split between the two regardless. Whether it be 70/30 for Mayweather or 50/50 even, Mayweather won't match the numbers he'd get with Pacquiao with anybody fighting today.