Will You Pay $100 To Watch Manny Pacquiao Fight Floyd Mayweather?
$$ – A month before boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao even enter the ring, their May 2 title fight is already breaking records, with the pay-per-view bout set to cost fans $99 according to people close to the negotiations between the networks and TV distributors.
HBO and Showtime, which are handling negotiations for the camps of Mr. Pacquiao and Mr. Mayweather respectively, are expected to wrap up deals with major pay-TV distributors in the next few days for the highly anticipated welterweight title fight. The negotiations stalled last week as distributors and HBO and Showtime sparred over the split of what is expected to be record-setting pay-per-view revenue.
Under the terms being discussed, the fight will be sold for $99 for a high-definition feed and $89 for standard definition, both of which are record prices. The previous high was $74.95 for high-definition and $64.95 for standard.
‘The rich keep on getting richer’ is apparently the slogan that Mayweather and Pacquiao are going with for this fight. Not only are they each going to make hundreds of millions of dollars off this fight, but now everyone who has been waiting forever to see it is going to have to fork over a hundred buckaroos. If you’re realistically thinking about buying this fight in standard definition then you’re insane. There’s no point in watching the most talked about boxing match of this generation with sand in your eyes, which is essentially what watching sports in standard definition is like. The only question here is will be this match be worth $100? The clear answer is no. No unscripted sporting event is worth that much money. Whether one guy gets knocked out in 10 seconds or they have a 12 round classic, I won’t be happy that I spent $100 on it. With that said, this is THE fight. It should’ve happened years ago, but it didn’t, so it’s happening now, and I really want to see Floyd get his ass kicked. I’ll drop the $100 or split it amongst friends, but the fact that they can put this out there and get people to pay for it says a lot of about their drawing power.