Pacquiao/Clottey Pay-Per-View Numbers Could Hurt Mayweather Negotiations

Pretty much every story in the boxing world can be tied back to one core issue: when will Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight? I don’t care how many Roy Jones Jr./Bernard Hopkins fights or Andre Berto battles they promote, there’s only one issue that matters to me and the general sports public: Mayweather and Pacquiao. While Pacman took care of business by destroying Joshua Clottey two weeks ago, Mayweather still has to hold his end up by beating the BALCO-less Shane Mosley. Assuming that happens in May, the two camps will be back to their familiar posturing as they try to negotiate a deal. As if the issue of drug testing didn’t already provide enough of a hurdle, now we have another one.

HBO announced Tuesday that the Manny Pacquiao/Joshua Clottey drubbing in Arlington generated 700,000 pay-per-view buys. Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s most recent fight, a win over Juan Manuel Marquez, produced a million PPV buys. Making matters worse for Manny, his fight with Marquez in ’08 generated around 400,000 PPV buys. Of course that figure is relative because Pacquiao’s popularity has exploded in the past two years and Mayweather’s fight was his first out of retirement, but it’s no less indicative of potential future problems. That Mayweather against a lesser name almost outdrew Pacquiao against a lesser name by 50% will be a sticking point in negotiations between the two.

Mayweather’s camp will use those numbers as leverage to say he’s the bigger draw and that he deserves a bigger share of the purse. Pacquiao’s camp will counter by saying that Manny’s a global figure and an equally large draw. While Floyd’s numbers are more impressive, here’s what I think the most fair way to settle it is: split the purse 50-50. Floyd can generate one million buys on his own and Pacquiao can probably generate around 700,000, but the two of them fighting against each other would cause numbers to explode — 3.5 million pay-per-view buys, anyone? The sum of their parts creates an intrigue that’s greater than each of their wholes. 50-50 split, guys. It’s the most fair way to divvy the millions.

Of course now we’re just going to see Mayweather lose to Mosley, but that’s besides the point.

Pacquiao-Clottey generates 700,000 pay-per-view buys [USA Today]

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  • Gene

    You neglect to mention that Pacquiao-Cotto had 1,250,000 PPV’s. You also fail to mention the 50,000 in attendance at the Clottey fight. How many fans has Mayweather drawn to any of his fights?

    The way you are biased toward Floyd, it seems to me that you must have a minority ownership interest in his purses.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I left Cotto out because being from NY and being Puerto Rican, he is a sell himself and played a big role in their 1.25 million buys. The Clottey gate is a different story because it was at Cowboys Stadium, not Vegas. Put Mayweather there and the same thing would have happened. How unfair am I being when I say it should be 50-50? What I’m pointing out is that the relatively low amount of buys will probably be a negotiating point for the Mayweather camp.

  • Gene

    I’m not saying that the split, if they ever fight, should not be 50-50. It should be, and they obviously need each other.

    Everything you have written about their proposed fight, and every comparison, such as the one above about PPV buys, favors Mayweather and makes it sound like you are his promoter or attorney.

    If you are as unbiased as you claim, then why do you not write about Mayweather’s camp and their history of being suspended for fighting in the ring, etc.? This is especially true of uncle Roger and Floyd Sr., the two people whom you choose to believe about drug testing and other issues.

    Why do you not remind us about Floyd Jr. having signed a deal with HBO and then trying to get out of it by referring to his proposed share as “slave wages”?

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Because I don’t see what your points have to do with the Pacquiao/Mayweather negotiations

  • Gene

    You think drug testing should be negotiated instead of left to the commission and you are basing it on allegations coming from the above sources in Mayweather’s camp who are unsavory and less than credible, to say the least. I just do not think that those people should be doing the work of a boxing commission.

    It’s your blog, so you get the last word.