Top 10 Highest Grossing Pay-Per-View Boxing
Boxing generates revenue when it comes to pay-as-you-go purchases. All action-loving boxing fans are always willing to pay for a good boxing match. However, sometimes, when the main match is on the card, PPV buys record sales of all time. In this article, we’ll list the Top 10 highest PPV boxing fights in terms of pay-as-you-go purchases.
Highest PPV Boxing Fights
Floyd Mayweather is nicknamed “money” for its features on our list of PPV’s highest boxing fights. This is because Mayweather has the most listings in most PPV Buys boxing matches. In addition to him, Manny Pacquiao and Mike Tyson also have recurring views in most Pay Per View Selling fights. Below is the list of the ten highest PPV boxing fights of all time.
|Rank||Fight||PPV Buys||Year||Total Revenue|
|1||Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao||4.6 Million||2015||$ 410 Million|
|2||Floyd Mayweather Vs Conor McGregor||4.3 Million||2017||$ 400 Million Approx|
|3||Floyd Mayweather vs Oscar de la Hoya||2.4 Million||2007||$ 136 Million|
|4||Floyd Mayweather v Canelo Álvarez||2.2 Million||2013||$ 150 Million|
|5||Mike Tyson V Evander Holyfield II||1.99 Million||1997||$100.2 Million|
|6||Mike Tyson V Lennox Lewis||1.95 Million||2002||$112 Million|
|7||Mike Tyson v Evander Holyfield I||1.59 Million||1996||$ 94.2 Million|
|8||Mike Tyson v Peter McNeeley||1.55 Million||1995||$ 96 Million|
|9||Floyd Mayweather v Miguel Cotto||1.5 Million||2012||$ 94 Million|
|10||Manny Pacquiao v Juan Manuel Marquez III||1.4 Million||2012||$ 88.5 Million|
1) Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao – 4.6 million
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are considered the two pioneers of boxing. However, the fight between these two boxers was called the Fight of the Century in 2015. This fight between the two best boxers made 4.6 million purchases in PPV and generated a total of $410 million in sales. This ranks as the first highest PPV boxing match in the history of the sport.
2) Floyd Mayweather Vs. Conor McGregor – 4.3 million
On August 26, 2017, Floyd Mayweather fought his last game against UFC star Conor McGregor. The Pretty Boy ended up winning this boxing match by a technical knockout in the 10th round. Floyd Mayweather Vs. Conor McGregor posted 4.3 million sales on Pay Per View. This fight is listed as the second-highest PPV boxing match.
3) Oscar de la Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather – 2.4 million
On May 5, 2007, Floyd Mayweather faced Six Division World Champion Oscar De La Hoya at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. The fight lasted 12 rounds, and Mayweather became the winner according to the decision. However, this fight counted 2.4 million PPV purchases breaking an old record. Therefore, it is ranked as the third-highest PPV boxing match in history.
4) Floyd Mayweather vs Canelo Alvarez – 2.2 million
In 2013, The Pretty Boy had a fight against AMB super welterweight champion Canelo Alvarez. This fight lasted 12 rounds, and according to expectations, Mayweather won the fight. In sales, Floyd Mayweather v Canelo Alvarez generated 2.2 million and earned a total revenue of $150 million. This is the fourth best-selling pay Per view game in boxing history.
5) Mike Tyson v Evander Holyfield II – 1.99 million
The 1990s were the era dominated primarily by Mike Tyson in the boxing sport. However, Mike lost two consecutive matches to Evander Holy Field in 1996 and 1997. In Mike Tyson V Evander Holyfield II, a rematch of the first fight between the two boxers, Evander dominated Tyson in the first three rounds. That made Tyson so angry that he bit the top corner of Evander’s right ear. This act disqualified Tyson from the fight, and Holyfield appeared as the winner.
Despite the controversial victory, Mike Tyson V Evander Holyfield II set a record (at the time) of 1.99 million sales in PPV. Therefore, this fight counts as the fifth-highest PPV boxing match on our list.
6) Mike Tyson Vs Lennox Lewis – 1.95 million
Although, after the controversial fight against Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson was being loved by his fans. In 2002, Mike Tyson qualified as one heavyweight champion with Lennox Lewis, and the WBC/IBF/IBO/The Ring/Linear Heavyweight titles were underlined. Lennox dominated in the first rounds and won in the eighth round. Therefore, claim all underlined titles.
The fight between Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis reached 1.95 million PPV purchases for sale and generated a total of $112 million. Therefore, this fight counts as the sixth best-selling boxing match of PPV in history.
7) Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield I – 1.59 million
Mike Tyson v Evander Holyfield marked Tyson’s second loss in his 47 fights. The two fighters would face off in a rematch, but that also proved a disaster for Mike Tyson. In 1996, Mike Tyson v Evander Holyfield’s first fight took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada. Holyfield defeated Tyson in the fight for a TKO.
This fight recorded a sale of 1.59 million on Pay Per View. Therefore, we consider this fight to be PPV’s seventh-highest boxing match on our list.
8) Mike Tyson vs Peter McNeeley – 1.55 million
In 1995, Mike Tyson v Peter McNeeley took place at MGM Grand Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada. This fight lasted only 89 seconds, and Tyson was the winner as a result. Mike Tyson v Peter McNeeley marked Tyson’s return after four years. Thus, 1.55 million sales are generated in PPV. This is said to be the eighth largest PPV sale in boxing history.
9) Floyd Mayweather vs Miguel Cotto – 1.5 million
There’s a reason they called Floyd Mayweather “Money.” You shouldn’t be surprised to see it on our list over and over again. Eight counts and is back on our list. In 2012, Floyd Mayweather buckled up against Miguel Cotto with the WBA Super & WBC Diamond Light middleweight titles on the line at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This fight lasted 12 rounds, and The Pretty Boy was declared the winner by unanimous decision.
The fight recorded 1.5 million sales in PPV. Therefore, it is listed as the ninth boxing game with the highest gross in terms of purchases for payment.
10) Manny Pacquiao v Juan Manuel Marquez III – 1.4 million
From 2004 to 2011, Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Márquez faced off in a series of three fights in 2004, 2008, and 2011. The third fight Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Márquez’s third fight in 2011 scored 1.4 million purchases on PPV. However, Pacquiao won the fight by a close decision. But, this fight generated $88.5 million in total sales revenue.