OUR then editor, Tris Dixon, was ringside at the MGM Grand for Floyd Mayweather’s eighth consecutive appearance at the resort in Sin City on September 14, 2013. The fight generated $150 million on Showtime PPV from 2.2 million pay-per-view buys. They broke the previous record of $136 million (from 2.48 million PPV buys) set when Mayweather edged Oscar De La Hoya over 12 rounds in 2007.
The record was smashed again when Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao in May 2015. That fight generated more than $400 million was from an estimated 4.4 million pay-per-view buys.