Mike Tyson or Floyd Mayweather? Who Was the Bigger PPV Star?

Published 10/27/2021, 9:15 AM EDT
Jun 3, 2021; Miami Beach, Florida, USA; Professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks on after the face off with YouTube star Logan Paul at Villa Casa Casuarina. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


Floyd Mayweather and Mike Tyson rank among the biggest names in the sport of boxing. The duo fought in different weight classes, but they certainly left a mark in the sport with their stupendous boxing prowess. Moreover, the pair entered a number of boxing bouts that are cemented in fans’ memories.

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Also, many of Tyson and Mayweather’s fights rank among the biggest PPV fights of all time. But who among the two was the biggest PPV star of all time? Does Mike Tyson hold an edge over Mayweather?

Here we look at the top-selling fights of this duo and determine who among the two was the biggest PPV star.

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Floyd Mayweather

Mayweather vs Pacquiao 

This fight ranks as the biggest boxing bout of all time. In total, this contest saw 4.6 million PPV buys, and it generated a whopping $410 million in revenue.

Mayweather vs McGregor 

One of the biggest crossover events in boxing between Mayweather and McGregor garnered 4.3 million PPV buys. Moreover, this fight generated a revenue of $600 million.

Mayweather vs De La Hoya 

This fight was regarded as the passing of the torch from one icon to the other. Fans were keen to watch the De la Hoya vs Mayweather event.

As a result, this fight saw 2.4 million PPV buys, with $136 million in revenue.

Mayweather vs Alvarez

In this fight, Mayweather locked horns with a young Canelo Alvarez. The hardcore enthusiasts tuned in huge numbers for this bout. That said, this fight got 2.2 million PPV buys, with $50 million in revenue.

Mike Tyson

Tyson vs Holyfield – 1 

In the retro boxing era, Tyson and Holyfield rolled out a show worth the hype. This action-packed encounter between the two attracted a lot of attention, earning 1.59 million PPV buys and generating $79 million in revenue.

Tyson vs Holyfield – 2

The rematch between the two was even bigger, as it accrued 1.99 million PPV buys. Although this fight was called off due to Tyson biting ‘The Real Deal’s ears, the overall bout still managed to generate $100.2 million in revenue.

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Tyson vs Lewis

Tyson’s bout with Lennox Lewis is regarded as one of the greatest heavyweight contests of all time. This fight generated 1.97 million PPV buys. On top of that, it generated a massive revenue of $112 million.

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Tyson and Mayweather fought in different eras altogether. That said, ‘TBE’ was bound to be the biggest PPV star as he fought in the internet and social media era. However, Tyson, too, is one colossal star, and with his fighting skills and persona, he stirred the old boxing era.

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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.

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