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Mayweather vs Pacquiao pay-per-view makes over $400M

The so-called fight of the century between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao generated more than $400 million in pay-per-view revenue domestically, shattering previous records, Showtime and HBO said Tuesday. (Tweet This)

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao during their world welterweight championship bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena, May 2, 2015.
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Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao during their world welterweight championship bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena, May 2, 2015.

The networks said that revenue was driven mainly by pay-per-view purchases in the United States, where the fight was bought 4.4 million times.

Total worldwide revenue is believed to have topped $500 million, including proceeds from the live gate at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas where the fight was held, international distribution and sponsorship, among sources, the networks said.

The fight's U.S. pay-per-view revenue is nearly three times as high as that generated by Mayweather's bout against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in 2013, which totaled a then-record $150 million.

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"Additionally, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao set the record for closed-circuit admissions and revenue both in Las Vegas and at establishments nationwide," the networks said.

Mayweather beat Pacquiao by unanimous decision on May 2.