Even if you’re not going to Vegas, get ready to break open your piggy bank to watch Floyd Mayweather fight Manny Pacquiao next month.
The fight of the year will cost pay-per-view viewers $99 for a high-definition broadcast of the May 2 fight from Las Vegas and $89 for standard def, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. Both prices set new records for pay-per-view fights.
The deal is not set in stone, the Journal reports, and some details are still being ironed out. But with the fight exactly one month away, time is of the essence because carriers — particularly iN Demand, which, the paper notes, negotiates on behalf of cable giants Comcast and Time Warner Cable and DirecTV.
Mayweather is already a huge draw on PPV, with his 2013 fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez setting a record of $152 million in PPV buys. The Journal reports that industry observers think this highly-anticipated fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao could come close to doubling that sum. The fight is expected to generate nearly $400 million, which includes the MGM Grand Garden Area’s expectation of a live gate net of around $74 million… see more
source: nydaily News