Photo: Mayweather v Canelo Alvarez
Last Saturday’s fight between Floyd Mayweather and Mexico’s Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has broken pay-per-view (PPV) records, which means Mayweather isn’t the only one going home with a big paycheck.
The September 14 pay-per-view event on Showtime earned $150 million in domestic PPV income beating the 2007 record set by another Mayweather fight, this one against Oscar de la Hoya. The 2007 fight garnered $136 million in PPV revenue.
Mayweather defeated Canelo in a 12-round majority decision for the super welterweight title.
The 2007 fight had more viewers but earned less than the 2013 fight due to the higher viewing fee set at $65-70. The Mayweather v Canelo fight had 2.2 million eyeballs on its and the 2007 Mayweather v de la Hoya had 2.48 million eyes on it.
The $150 million PPV income is added to the $20 million earned at the door from the live audience at the Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena. These earnings will help pay Mayweather his guaranteed $41.5 million plus a percentage of the TV and cable rights; Canelo received $5 million.