It’s long since been argued by boxing experts that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is far more important to the sport of boxing than Manny Pacquiao. While the latter no doubt carries a rabid international fan base that makes its presence known on online message boards, the former has the stats and dollar amounts backing his impact up.
It appears as though Pacquiao’s boring, vanilla-like personality coupled with his tendency to fight weak opponents simply to build up his record hasn’t translated into much appeal with the casual sports fan.
According to a list of the top 10 pay-per-views released for 2010, Mayweather edged out the eight division paper champ for the distinction of “top seller.” With a total of 1.4 million buys for the Mayweather-Shane Mosley fight, the real people’s champ showed yet again why he is the biggest draw in the sport.
And, if that wasn’t enough, he also showed why Pacquiao would be the real winner if he ultimately stopped looking for empty public relations wins and actually agreed to a fight with Mayweather.
Pacquiao, who by default has become the face of boxing while Mayweather deals with some unfortunate personal matters, had two fights on the list. However, with 1,150,000 buys for his ridiculous bout with known cheater Antonio Margarito, and only 700,000 for his waste-of-time fight against Joshua Clottey, Pacquiao couldn’t compete with Mayweather’s numbers.
It appears as though the Filipino superstar hasn’t learned his lesson, though.
With at least three quality potential fighters in front of him, Pacquiao opted to go with over-the-hill Mosley for his next match. Considering the fact that nobody thinks Mosley has any shot against his far superior opponent in Pacquiao, it wouldn’t be particularly shocking if the upcoming pay-per-view numbers proved to be the lowest yet for Pacman.