The Sept. 14 Floyd Mayweather Jr.–Canelo Alvarez fight sold 26,163 closed circuit tickets at $100.00 each at locations in Las Vegas for a total of more than $2.6 million, according to official records provided by Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer.
“I believe these are the biggest closed circuit numbers for a Nevada fight card,” said Kizer of an actual amount generated at $2,615,360, with 200 of the tickets being given away.
“As I said, it’s another record, and this is consistent with all the other records being broken,” said Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, who has stated that the Mayweather-Alvarez bout, which Mayweather won by decision, will surpass Mayweather’s 2007 victory over Oscar De La Hoya as “the highest-grossing boxing event of all time.
Mayweather-Alvarez eclipsed the record gate with $20,003,150, according to the NSAC, surpassing the $18,419,200 garnered by Mayweather-De La Hoya. Mayweather-De La Hoya grossed a record $136 million overall.
Schaefer said that the number of pay per view buys attributed to Mayweather-Alvarez already are beyond two million, “no question about it,” although he is not certain that they will go beyond the record 2.5 million set by Mayweather-De La Hoya.
In Mexico, “eight out of every 10 households” watched Mayweather-Alvarez at a rate of “78.4 percent of all households,” said Schaefer. The last time a sporting event rated as high in Mexico on Televisa was in 1999 for a Copa Confederaciones soccer final between Mexico vs. Brazil, with the only other programs rating this high in Mexico being select, very popular telenovelas on Televisa’s Channel 2.
The previous viewership high for Alvarez, who has never garnered less than 7.5 million viewers for one of his eight appearances on Televisa, was his unanimous decision over Austin Trout in April, which pulled in a 28-point rating and over 15 million viewers.
Although Mayweather pocketed a record $41.5 million guaranteed purse compared to Alvarez’s of $5 million, Schaefer estimated that Mayweather stands to pocket “$70 or $80 million” with the new grossing record, and Alvarez, “well over $10 million.”
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