by David P. Greisman
The fantastic numbers continue to roll in for last Saturday’s mega-fight between Canelo Alvarez and Floyd Mayweather.
The latest? That the closed circuit broadcasts for the bout held at locations around Las Vegas pulled in a remarkable $2,615,360, according to figures provided by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
These showings sold 26,163 seats, or about $99.96 per ticket. Another 200 were given away.
That just adds more revenue to the record-breaking mark for revenue from the live audience at the MGM Grand. A total of 16,146 paid for tickets, bringing in a gate of $20,003,150, according to the commission. Another 50 arena tickets were given away.
The show was the highest-rated boxing broadcast ever in Mexico, according to figures Televisa provided to Golden Boy Promotions.
All that awaits is the estimate for the pay-per-view buy rate in the United States and the amount of revenue brought in by those watching the fights at home. Even if the buy rate does not eclipse the record set by Mayweather’s 2007 fight with Oscar De La Hoya, the higher prices for this bout have many expecting that the revenue mark could be broken.
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