What are the highest grossing pay-per-view boxing bouts?
Pay-per-view boxing has been around since the 1960s. Over the decades, the biggest fights in the world have taken place on pay-per-view and millions of dollars have been made by promoters, boxers, and television providers. Boxing fans can bet on all the great fights with the latest promo codes and never miss a knockout. Although there have been a number of major fights bringing in millions of dollars, there are a select few fights that have grossed nine figures. Big money fights are rare and the list of fighters who draw the money and viewers is quite short.
So, which pay-per-view boxing bouts have grossed the most money?
1. Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao – $410 million; 4.6 million PPV buys
Floyd Mayweather put his undefeated record and five-division world titles up against eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao in May 2015. The fight was highly anticipated by boxing fans and the media. Fight fans can find great odds with the Bet365 bonus code and wager on the biggest events. The hype helped lead to the bout’s incredible pay-per-view buy rate. Mayweather won the fight via unanimous decision. Despite the hype, it was considered a disappointment by boxing insiders.
2. Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez – $150 million; 2.2 million PPV buys
Held in Las Vegas, Nevada, Mayweather clashed with Canelo Alvarez in September 2013. The two fighters tangled for the WBC super-welterweight and WBA super-welterweight belts. Mayweather won the fight via judges’ decision.
3. Floyd Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya – $136 million; 2.48 million PPV buys
Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya fought in the most lucrative boxing match of the time when they clashed in May 2007. The two fought for the WBC light-middleweight championship in Las Vegas. The 12-round bout was awarded to Mayweather courtesy of split decision. Not only was the fight a pay-per-view success but it was a triumph at the gate. The two fighters generated more than $19m in ticket sales.
4. Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield II – $100.2 million; 1.99 million PPV buys
In June 1997, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield met for the second time. The two had fought in late 1996 with Holyfield winning in 11 rounds and claiming Tyson’s WBA heavyweight championship. The summer 1997 bout will forever be remembered as “The Bite Fight”. Twice Tyson bit Holyfield’s ears and the fight was stopped in the third round by referee Mills Lane. Holyfield was awarded the win and Tyson has become forever known for the bite heard round the world.
5. Mike Tyson vs. Lennox Lewis – $112 million; 1.95 million PPV buys
IBF and WBC heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis took on challenger Mike Tyson on June 8, 2002. The fight took place in Memphis, Tennessee rather than Las Vegas. Tyson had been denied a boxing license in Nevada due to a press conference fight with Lewis. The buildup intrigued boxing fans despite Tyson being considered by many to be well past his prime. Lewis dominated the fight and late in the eighth round, knocked Tyson to the mat. “Iron” Mike was counted out as he laid on the canvas. Tyson fought three more matches in his career, winning once and losing twice before retiring.