Spence Vs. Crawford PPV Buys Significantly Lower Than Expected

The Errol Spence Jr. vs. Terence Crawford bout reportedly generated somewhere between 650,000-700,000 domestic PPV buys.

The number is a conservative figure, as it could rise rise beyond that. And at $84.99 per pay-per-view, the estimated gross revenue will exceed $55 million based on those numbers.

Bud created history by stopping Spence in the ninth round to become the first undisputed welterweight champion of the four-belt era.

And in the process, Crawford became undisputed in two weight classes with his undefeated record intact. The victory put Crawford as the best pound-for-pound fighter, as the gate also exceeded $21 million.

As the T-Mobile Arena sold out its 19,900 capacity, the win made Crawford a pay-per-view star. Although that may have been the case, Gervonta Davis‘ fight with Ryan Garcia produced almost double the figures.

This is understandable due to the crossover appeal, coming from Garcia’s wide fanbase. Their figures were around 1.2 million PPVs, with a revenue of over $100 million.

In comparison, the Spence-Crawford numbers were lower than expected which may have explained why the fight took so long to get made.

After all, despite Crawford’s skills, Bud was not a household name with an outspoken personality.

Nevertheless, both Spence and Crawford were recompensed well. Both fighters are expected to make at least $25 million each, thus being the biggest payday for either fighter.

And that can only be a good thing in a sport where there is a risk of serious harm.

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