By Keith Idec
Manny Pacquiao-Keith Thurman was an entertaining welterweight title fight, full of memorable moments.
It still wasn’t quite the sellout that was announced Saturday night.
According to a Nevada State Athletic Commission report obtained Thursday by BoxingScene.com, 11,436 tickets were sold to the card headlined by Pacquiao and Thurman at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Organizers of the event also issued 1,675 complimentary tickets to the show, which is 1,245 short of accounting for the announced attendance of 14,356.
The Pacquiao-Thurman show did robust business at the box office, though, as it produced a live gate of $6,260,275.
The 40-year-old Pacquiao knocked down Thurman late in the first round, badly bloodied his nose during the fifth round and hurt the former 147-pound champion badly with a left to the body halfway through 10th round on his way to winning a 12-round split decision. The Philippines’ Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) also won the WBA “super” welterweight title from the 30-year-old Thurman (29-1, 22 KOs, 1 NC), of Clearwater, Florida.
The Pacquiao-Thurman numbers are very similar to the attendance and gate figures from Pacquiao’s last fight, a 12-round, unanimous-decision victory over Adrien Broner on January 19 at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The NSAC report from that event states that 11,410 tickets were sold and only 248 tickets were comped. That show produced $6,000,032 in ticket revenue.
The announced attendance for the Pacquiao-Broner card was 13,025.
Pacquiao previously was involved in two of the top 10 live gates in Nevada boxing history.
His 12-round, unanimous-decision loss to Floyd Mayweather in May 2015 generated a boxing record of $72,198,500 in ticket revenue. Pacquiao’s technical knockout of Oscar De La Hoya in December 2008 ranks 10th all time in Nevada boxing history, with $14,380,300 in ticket sales.
The Mayweather-Pacquiao and Pacquiao-De La Hoya fights also took place at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.