The fight is also expected to generate more than $400 million and will likely shatter the record for pay-per-view buys previously held for Mayweather’s bout with Oscar De La Hoya at 2.4 million purchases in 2007.
The May 2 PPV is also expected to generate more than $150 million in profits, surpassing the previous record set by Mayweather-Alvarez. The bout will be broadcast jointly by HBO and Showtime.
The demand for the fight is so great that Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum told the Daily News that no complementary tickets would be given away, even to celebrities.
Regarding the much-publicized news that Arum will give mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey a freebie for the fight, Arum said that wasn’t exactly the case since he would have to pay for the ticket with his own money and then give it to Rousey.
“That’s how crazy this thing is,” he said.
Mayweather, 38, and Pacquiao, 36, are regarded as the two greatest and most popular fighters of their generation.