Boxing Pay-Per-View Numbers for Manny Pacquiao vs Miguel Cotto - Bob Arum By Johnny Benz (Nov 18, 2009) Doghouse Boxing
There has been a lot of crazy internet reports on the HBO Pay-Per-View numbers that Manny Pacquiao vs Miguel Cotto pulled in. Some writers and bloggers seem to be jumping the gun printing fantastic pipe dream numbers. Of course they list a "unanimous source" as their smoking gun. The real PPV numbers probably won't come out until Thursday the earliest.
Depending on what source you've read, you've seen numbers ranging from 1.6 million to 2 million PPV buys.
Honestly, I do not believe that... certainly not the 2 million mark.
In a report by Steve Kim for MaxBoxing, Kim quotes Pacquiao's Promoter Bob Arum in regards to the PPV numbers he is expecting. Yesterday afternoon Arum stated to MaxBoxing: "The pay-per-view is north of a million and south of a million-five. It's significantly closer to a million-five than it is to a million. At this point, that’s all you can say. We don’t have New York, we don’t have this, we don’t have that. But it did extremely well."
In an overseas telephone call with Dennis Principe for Tempo, Arum once again shed some light on what numbers he expects the Pay-Per-View pulled in. First Arum denied the internet reports that the HBO Pay-Per-View telecast may have reach the $2 million dollar mark.
In terms of what Arum is expecting the numbers to be, Arum told Principe: "I think there's a good chance its going to be a million three (1.3 million PPV buys) to a million four (1.4 million PPV buys) which is still great.”
Kudos both to Kim and Principe for not relying on a "hidden source" in their reporting.