Pacquiao-Broner Trending Over 400K Buys
While the numbers are still preliminary, it seems that Manny Pacquiao’s return to Pay-Per-View can be considered a relative success.
Per Mike Coppinger of The Ring, the Showtime Pay-Per-View broadcast headlined by Pacquiao’s successful defense of his WBA “regular” welterweight championship against Adrien Broner, is trending over 400
Sources: #PacquiaoBroner PPV buys tracking at over 400,000. More will be clear later this week, but if third numbers hold up, that’s a commercial success for PBC and SHO. Manny still a draw
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) January 23, 2019
The win over Broner marked Pacquiao’s first appearance on Pay-Per-View since his unanimous decision win over Jessie Vargas in 2016, which drew 300,000 buys. If the alleged number for Saturday night holds it would beat not only the Vargas fight, but tie Pacquiao’s “retirement” fight against Timothy Bradley (400,000) and his 2014 win over Chris Algeri.
Per USA Today, Pacquiao is second behind Floyd Mayweather in terms of pay-per-view drawing power, with both men coming together to sell nearly five million buys for their 2015 showdown, which saw Mayweather win by unanimous decision.
Pacquiao is ranked sixth all-time in total sales (pay-per-view and closed circuit), trailing Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Mayweather, and WWE star Triple H.