LAS VEGAS – Just how big is the projected $400 million revenue that Saturday night’s big fight is expected to generate?
According to HBO and Showtime, the figure is bigger than the gross domestic product of 29 countries and the ticket sales ($74 million) surpasses the six games of the 2013 World Series ($62.6 million) and Super Bowl XLIX live gate ($60 million).
And if the fight goes 12 full rounds, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather are going to split approximately $138,000 per second.
Tickets to the fight, priced from a high of $10,000 and a low of $1,500 were immediately gobbled up.
Other tickets were priced at $7,500, $5,000, $3,500 and $2,500 and when about 500 pieces were released for public sale last week, it took about a minute to announce a sellout.
The ticket revenue generated a whopping $74 million in revenue, the largest ever for a boxing event, eclipsing the measly $20 million gained when Mayweather fought Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in 2013.
Those who failed to secure tickets will have to be content with watching via closed circuit with several hotels hosting large viewing events for $150 a pop. (Nick Giongco)