Pacquiao purse to hit P1 billion
Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) - January 25, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Manny Pacquiao, at 40 years old, remains a pay-per-view draw. 

He’s more bankable than the younger ones. 

Just four days after his smashing win over American Adrien Broner, the PPV numbers are out: 400,000 buys or just a little over. 

It’s considered a huge success considering that it’s Pacquiao’s first PPV outing since he outpointed Jessie Vargas in 2016. 

Showtime carried Sunday’s bout, staged before a live audience of 13,025 at the MGM Grand, on pay-per-view.

Publicist Fred Sterburg shared the good news yesterday to members of the Philippine media yesterday. 

Pacquiao is on his way home from Los Angeles.

With the success of his first fight on American soil in two years, Pacquiao’s take could reach as much as $20 million (roughly P1 billion).

Pacquiao, who turned 40 last Dec. 15, was given a purse of $10 million. But with his shares in the PPV sales totaling $30 million at $75 per pop, he should rake in $20 million or a little less. 

Broner, a former world champion in four weight classes, received a purse of $2.5 million and will get more from the PPV sales.

It’s the 16th time that Pacquiao’s PPV numbers have reached or exceeded 400,000 buys, with total sales now reaching 19,641,000 and revenues of over $1.2 billion.

Pacquiao has broken the one million barrier seven times, in fights against Oscar dela Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez (twice) and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The Mayweather fight in 2015 sold 4.6 million PPV hits equivalent to $400 million, with total revenues of over $600,000.

A rematch is in offing even if Mayweather says it’s not going to happen.

No one turns his back on $600 million.

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