Manny Pacquiao to Conor McGregor – A Look at Floyd Mayweather’s Best Selling PPV Fights

Published 05/17/2021, 1:48 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 13: Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. poses on the scale during the official weigh-in for his bout against Canelo Alvarez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 13, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fighters will meet in a WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight on September 14 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Floyd Mayweather ranks among the greatest boxers to ever step inside the boxing ring. He enjoyed a sublime career in the sport and hung up his gloves with an immaculate track record of 50-0. Prior to him, no one in the boxing world enjoyed such unprecedented dominance.


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With an illustrious career spread across two decades, Mayweather locked horns with some of the toughest opponents in some of the biggest boxing PPV events of all time.


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Top-5 best selling PPV fights of Floyd Mayweather

1) Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao

In 2015, Mayweather stepped inside the ring to box Manny Pacquiao in the richest fight in boxing history. The matchup between this pair was in contention for a long time and it finally came to fruition in Mayweather’s concluding years in the sport.

As expected, this fight accrued the attention of the universe and amassed 4,600,000 PPV buys, taking the PPV revenue for this contest to $410 million.

2) Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor

Coming out of retirement in 2017, ‘TBE’ went all out against the biggest UFC star, Conor McGregor. The pair locked horns in a 12-round war, that hooked in fans from both the MMA and boxing verticals.

As a result, this bout sold 4,300,000 PPVs and generated approximately $400 million.

3) Floyd Mayweather vs Canelo Alvarez

While Mayweather was a settled veteran in the sport, he took on the young gun Canelo Alvarez to solidify his legacy. Mayweather showed his class and gave a sheer beating to the Mexican boxer.

Proving to be a classic entertainer, this bout received 2,200,000 PPV buys and added around $150 million in total PPV-generated revenue.

4) Floyd Mayweather vs Oscar De La Hoya

Back when Mayweather was in his absolute prime, he confronted his long-time rival Oscar De La Hoya. This fight became the talk of the town in 2007 and captivated the attention of boxing fans all over the globe. Consequently, this event received nearly 2,480,000 PPV buys worth $136 million.

5) Floyd Mayweather vs Miguel Cotto


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Cotto was one of the toughest opponents on the list for Floyd Mayweather. Still, ‘Money’ entered this fight as a favorite and employed his best skill sets to overpower his opponent.

This fight accrued 1,50,000 PPV buys and simultaneously generated around $94 million.


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Out of all these aforementioned fights, which one struck your eye?


Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.