As the excitement in the boxing world continues to mount, so as the sales of the upcoming World Boxing Association (WBA) world welterweight showdown between former pound-for-pound king and eight-division world champion Manny “Pacman” and Adrien “The Problem” Broner on January 19 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
According to sources, the pay-per-view for the first boxing extravaganza of the year comes at a hefty price of $74.99 for those who want to watch the fight uninterrupted and legally while there are those who want to Watch Pacquiao vs Broner live online for free.
The hefty price for the pay-per-view is selling like hotcakes as it already nears a million purchases around the world compared to the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury heavyweight world title showdown that reached about 325,000 pay-per-view sales which were still a profitable fight.
The 40-year old Pacquiao will go up against Broner, 29, who is a four-division world champion. Although there are boxing fans experts out there who downplays the mounting excitement of the upcoming world title bout between the two boxers have looked on the negative side who prefers to look at Broner for his run-ins with the law and Pacquiao’s full support to the Philippines’ strong man Rodrigo Duterte’s relentless drug war that already killed thousands.
The fight also marked Pacquiao return in the United States for the first time since 2016 where he had a lopsided victory against Mexican Jessie Vargas that was held in Las Vegas as well.
Pacquiao’s fight against Aussie Jeff Horn where he lost via decision was aired on ESPN while his win against Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last year that served as his only fight for that year was aired on ESPN+ which was promoted by his new promoters, the Premier Boxing Champions after he severed ties with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions.
On the other hand, this is something new for Broner as his fight with Pacquiao will be his first pay-per-view main event, despite being a strong presence in boxing’s television ratings over the years but he failed to become a strong indicator of pay-per-view success. Former middleweight and cruiserweight champion, Bernard Hopkins, for example, did very good in terms of television ratings in his few remaining years in the ring, but he is a nobody in terms of pay-per-view, that is why it would also be good to see if Broner’s fan base will respond and buy their own pay-per-view for his upcoming fight with Pacquiao knowing that the latter is a darling of the boxing crowd, usually selling more than a hundred thousand pay-per-views in his fight.
Pacquiao made history when he fought undefeated Floyd “Money” Mayweather in 2015 in Las Vegas after their pay-per-view sales generated 4.6 million purchases and a staggering revenue of $400 million which serves as the biggest and most successful pay-per-view in boxing history. The Mayweather-Pacquiao “Fight of the Century” was the biggest and most expensive boxing event ever happened but the fight itself did not live to everyone’s expectations after both boxers failed to deliver a toe-to-toe battle that ended up in a lackluster chess match with Mayweather winning the fight.