Promoter: Pacquiao fight was boxer's largest pay-per-view yet
Manny Pacquiao's lopsided unanimous decision triumph over Shane Mosley last month has been projected to net at least 1.3 million pay-per-view buys, Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum said Monday, making the bout the Filipino star's best-selling bout yet.
"It'll be something over 1.3 [million], as high as 1.4," Arum said. "Based on what we have and certain projections, we know it's over 1.3 million."
Pacquiao's previous best was his December 2008 victory over Oscar De La Hoya, which generated more than 1.25 million buys.
The victory over Mosley was televised by Showtime, which declined to comment on Arum's announcement.
Arum pulled Pacquiao off HBO for the bout, expressing confidence the added publicity given by CBS' airing of two of the four Showtime "Fight Camp 360" prefight reality episodes would make it Pacquiao's biggest draw.
"I'm delighted with the numbers, very pleased with how everyone did their jobs," Arum said.
Showtime's success will make for an interesting television battle for Pacquiao's next fight, Nov. 13 versus Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez. The pair previously fought to a 2004 draw and 2008 split-decision won by Pacquiao.
Photo: Shane Mosley and Manny Pacquiao trade blows in the center of the ring during the sixth round of their WBO welterweight title fight on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press