Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are in a constant state of competition. Whether it’s total wins, types of wins, money earned, opinion on gay marriage, relationship with Jeremy Lin – it doesn’t matter, these guys are always trying to one-up each other.
And so, because of their never-ending rivalry, it stands to reason that Pacquiao and his Top Rank associates wouldn’t react especially well to the news of Mayweather’s historically great recent pay-per-view haul. In case you missed it: the undefeated champ’s bout with Miguel Cotto did 1.5 million (PPV) buys and $94 million in PPV revenue. Those figures put it second to only Mayweather versus Oscar De La Hoya in terms highest-selling PPVs not featuring heavyweight fighters.
Even if you don’t like Mayweather, you have to give him due respect – he killed it with this latest showing. (In terms of money, not the actual fight.) Apparently Pacquiao and his camp disagree, though. They’re not prepared to give Mayweather props for his PPV numbers because, get this, they seem to doubt their legitimacy.
As noted by the good folks at Boxing Scene (we bolded the key word, not them):
“We aim to get the biggest possible numbers we can get,” states Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. “But we operate from a completely different model from Floyd’s model. Whatever numbers he allegedly reached or didn’t reach is irrelevant to us. It varies from fight to fight.
“The numbers that Manny had when he fought Marquez in November are certainly greater the numbers Floyd had when he fought Victor Ortiz.”
Look, Pacquiao and Arum are both way too successful to play this sort of childish game. Mayweather didn’t lie about his numbers because Mayweather didn’t need to lie about his numbers. That entire card was fantastic from start to finish (on paper, in reality eh…) and was sufficiently alluring enough to draw a big PPV haul. Factor in the May 5 effect and that should explain any extra buys that may have come in on top of what folks initially projected.
This kind of feels like a preemptive strike. Perhaps Arum is a little worried about the lack of buzz that Timothy Bradley brings to the table, and realizes that he’ll have a lot to answer for if the numbers from this looming match don’t come close to the ones that Mayweather put up. Pacquiao just fights who Arum tells him to fight so, either way, this isn’t going to be on him. But Arum – he’s the one who put this thing together on both ends.
Two questions to ponder: 1.) how much credit does Mayweather deserve for the success of his last event and, 2.) how successful do you foresee Pacquiao vs. Bradley being?