Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao proves once again that he is a star attraction in the United States by drawing 41,000 fans to watch him live at Cowboys stadium in Arlington, Texas and according to HBO’s Mark Taffet the Pacman did 1,150,000 PPV buys for his junior middleweight fight against Mexican boxer Antonio Margarito on November 13, 2010.
Although the livegate attendance was less than Manny’s previous fight at Cowboys stadium against Joshua Clottey in March which drew 51,000 people, the HBO PPV buys for the Pacquiao-Margarito fight were much higher than the 700,000 Pay-per-view buys for Pacquiao-Clottey with 1,150,000 buys.
Before the Pacquiao vs. Margarito fight promoter Bob Arum made a prediction that the Pacquiao vs. Margarito fight would do around 1.4 to 1.5 million buys but 1.15 million PPV buys is still a success, especially for a non-American fighter as the headliner.
This is Manny Pacquiao’s third highest PPV event, his victory over Oscar De La Hoya in 2008 did 1.25 million PPV buys, and his win over Miguel Cotto in 2009 did 1.2 million PPV buys.
Manny Pacquiao is currently in the Philippines resuming his job as congressman but his promoter Bob Arum is already on the ball and trying to make Manny’s next fight. Arum’s number one priority is to make the fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., if that fight is not available then he wants to pair Pacquiao up with Sugar Shane Mosley, rematches with Miguel Cotto or Juan Manuel Marquez.
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