Arum looking at impressive PPV numbers
By Abac Cordero Updated Thursday June 21, 2012 - 12:00am
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Manny Pacquiao, right, with Timothy Bradley.

MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao should be happy if he breaks the one million mark in pay-per-view sales for this June 9 showdown with Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas.

Bob Arum, the chief promoter, yesterday told www.boxingscene.com they’re tracking between 900,000 to 1 million PPV hits for the very controversial bout.

Pacquiao has done over a million PPV buys in his three previous fights with Antonio Margarito (1.15 million), Shane Mosley (1.3 million) and Juan Manuel Marquez (1.4 million).

The last time he failed to break a million was against Joshua Clottey at the Cowboys Stadium in 2010 when the fight sold 700,000 pay-per-view pops.

Pacquiao also did 800,000 buys against Ricky Hatton but right before that he made 1.25 million hits together with Oscar dela Hoya.

For his three fights with Erik Morales, the Filipino icon didn’t do anything higher than 360,000 buys.

Bradley’s name doesn’t ring a bell to boxing fans outside the United States, and if his fight makes a million buys then it’s all because of Pacquiao.

“The pay-per-view, that’s still being counted but it will be anywhere between 900K and a million, which is very good – considering that we were up against the (Heat vs Celtics) basketball game,” said Arum.

Game 7 of the Eastern conference finals between Miami and Boston was played on the night of the Pacquiao-Bradley fight at the MGM Grand.

It caught so much attention that even Pacquiao had his eyes glued on the TV set inside his dressing room as his hands were being taped.

Pacquiao was guranteed $26 million for the Bradley fight, and should earn a few millions more from the pay-per-view sales.

Fans that came to the MGM early stood in front of the TV sets in the different bars and restaurants inside the MGM, and waited for the NBA game to finish before they entered the boxing arena.

“Considering that nobody knew who Bradley was. We are definitely going to do over 900,000,” Arum told Rick Reeno of www.boxingscene.com.

But it’s not all about pay-per-view because Pacquiao, who lost to Bradley in a controversial split decision, also drew live-gate revenues of $8,963,180 at the MGM.

They sold 13,229 tickets with 925 given away and 2,070 unsold.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. did 1.5 million PPV buys against Miguel Cotto last May 5 but it’s hard to compare those numbers with Pacquiao vs Bradley.

Cotto has a huge fan base in and out of the United States.

Pacquiao vs Bradley also sold 4,980 closed-circuit tickets, which is equivalent to $249,000, in the other Vegas hotels and casinos operated by the MGM group.

“First of all, the closed-circuit was off the charts… the biggest Manny closed-circuit ever. It drew very, very favorably with Cotto-Mayweather, so that was good,” said Arujm.

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