The biggest boxing match in years may have broken the Internet. Sort of.
Millions tuned in to watch Floyd Mayweather Jr. take on Manny Pacquiao in what was billed as the fight of the century. Yet cable customers hoping to watch the brash, flamboyant Mayweather win a unanimous decision bout against the pious Pacquiao via Pay Per View (PPV) reported widespread technical difficulties ordering the fight.
Mayweather ultimately prevailed against Pacquiao in a competition that many viewers felt fell decidedly short of its hype. But the PPV demand troubles continued for hours, and prevented some from viewing the match at all.
According to posts flying faster and more furious than the punches thrown at the widely criticized match, affected customers directed their ire at Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Verizon and Comcast. The latter is the parent company of NBC Universal and CNBC.
"We heard initial reports of some systems freezing," Showtime told CNBC in a statement. "We asked consumers for patience with the operators as they deal with overwhelming amount of orders."