Although it was widely considered a disappointment, the megafight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao shattered a number of records.
The fight broke the previous record for total pay-per-view buys and now ranks as the highest-grossing pay-per-view of all time.
Initial reports from distributors indicate that the event generated more than 4.4 million U.S. buys and more than $400 million in domestic pay-per-view revenue alone. With additional revenue from the live gate at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, international television distribution, sponsorships, closed circuit and merchandise sales, the event is expected to generate in excess of $500 million in gross worldwide receipts.
Mayweather-Pacquiao nearly doubled the previous record of 2.48 million buys generated by the Oscar De La Hoya-Floyd Mayweather fight in 2007 and nearly tripled the record $150 million in U.S. pay-per-view revenue generated by Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez in 2013.
As for live gate receipts, the MGM Grand Garden Arena produced more than $71 million in revenue, dramatically eclipsing the previous live gate record of $20 million (for Mayweather vs. Canelo) for both the sport of boxing and Las Vegas.
Additionally, it set the record for closed circuit admissions and revenue both in Las Vegas and at establishments nationwide. The event sold nearly 46,000 closed circuit admissions at MGM Resorts International properties in Las Vegas alone and was available at more than 5,000 bars, restaurants and commercial establishments throughout the U.S.
Mayweather-Pacquiao also garnered a lot of talk on social media. Facebook reported that 37 million unique people contributed more than 115 million interactions from the start of the event to 30 minutes following its completion, a new record for a boxing event.