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5 Highest Viewed PPV Sporting Events in History

Driven by all the new technology modern time has given us, PPV (Pay-per-View) has become both a huge sensation and a big business. Our thirst for the next live performance or sporting event has never been greater.

Our viewing habits as customers have changed to the extent that we demand to watch content on any device, at a time and place of our choosing. Whether watching a new movie release or the next big fight, we send a clear message to the industry that we are not just viewers, but  customers as well.

Professional boxing, wrestling as well as the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) have contributed a lot to the most viewed PPV sporting events in history.

We have collected information and data from credible publications and dedicated online fighting blogs. Take a look at the 5 most important events that brought in the viewers and staggering, record-breaking revenues.

5. Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II

Year: 1997

Event: The Sound and the Fury

Pay-Per-View Buys: 1.99 Million

Revenue: $100 Million

Remembered for: Mike Tyson bit off part of Holyfield’s ear and was disqualified


4. Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Álvarez

Year: 2013

Event: The One

Pay-Per-View Buys: 2.2 Million

Revenue: $50 Million

Remembered for: Mayweather, handing yet another excellent opponent with a 12-round decision loss


3. Oscar de la Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather

Year: 2007

Event: The World Awaits

Pay-Per-View Buys: 2.4 Million

Revenue: $136 Million

Remembered for: It launched the hugely-popular “24/7” TV series on HBO


2. Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao

Year: 2015

Event: The Fight of the Century

Pay-Per-View Buys: 4.4 Million

Revenue: $400 Million

Remembered for: The bout was six years in the making and 12-round decision win for Mayweather


1. Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor

Year: 2017

Event: The Biggest Fight in Combat Sports History

Pay-Per-View Buys: 6.7 Million

Revenue: $700 Million

Remembered for: The build-up to Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor’s landmark bout featured a four-city tour


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