Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao in numbers: £160m purse, £1,948 tickets, £1,000 hotel rooms

 
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It's finally on.

After years of fans hoping, promoters bickering and negotiations stalling, the long-awaited bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao has finally been agreed for 2 May at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The fight pits two of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters against each other for the first time in their careers, and is set to be the richest in the history of the sport.

After Mayweather announced the fight on social media, Pacquiao said it would be a "historic event." He's not wrong. Here's 10 figures that prove just how big an occasion Mayweather v Pacquiao is going to be.

£260m revenue

Mayweather v Pacquiao is expected to obliterate the record set for the most lucrative fight in history. With revenue streams including ticket sales from the 17,000 capacity arena, pay-per-view TV sales, international media rights and sponsorships, the fight is predicted to raise around $400m (£260m), doubling the record $200m set by the September 2013 fight between Mayweather and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.

£160m purse

That's how much will be paid out to both fighters for their part in the Las Vegas showdown. Conservative estimates put the purse at around $250m (£160m), making it the richest fight in history.

Mayweather is rumoured to be taking the biggest slice of the pie with a guaranteed $150m while Pacquiao's share will start at around $100m. Either purse could fluctuate depending on the level of pay-per-view orders. Either way, the event is sure to provide the biggest payday in the history of sport for a single athlete - a record currently held by "Money" Mayweather himself for his meeting with Alvarez.

£1,948 tickets

Fancy being present for a piece of history? Want the best view in the house? Well, that could cost you nearly £2,000 ($3,079) with prices set to soar on secondary market websites.

Forbes estimates face value tickets will cost between $1,000 and $4,000 and secondary market tickets to exceed an average of $3,000. For the Mayweather v Alvarez bout, tickets on secondary markets such as StubHub and TiqIQ sold at an average $2,888. That fight's $20m in gate receipts is the current record holder, but the megafight on 2 May is expected to obliterate that total with a $40m take.

£458 hotel room

It may be the second-biggest hotel in the world, but all 6,800 rooms at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas have now sold out. According to USA Today, within 15 minutes of the fight being announced they were gone.

Before they were snapped up however, rooms that usually cost around $190 (£123) traded for closer to $705 (£458) according to ESPN. Prices for rooms at surrounding casinos are soaring to similar levels.

£65 pay-per-view

Even if you'd prefer to avoid that massive outlay and watch from the comfort of your own couch, it's not going to come to cheap. Unsurprisingly, early estimates have this event costing more than your average fight with the price expected to be around $100 (£65).

The record number of pay-per-views bought belongs to the 2.4m purchased for Mayweather v De La Hoya face-off in 2007, while the record revenue belongs to the $150m generated by Mayweather v Alvarez.

If this attraction were to generate sales nearing 3m, it could see blockbuster pay-per-view revenues of $300m.

£784m career prize money

The combined career earnings of both boxers could well top $1bn (£784m) following their payout from the fight. Mayweather's earnings currently stand at around $450m while Pacquiao has picked up roughly $350m in his 20-year career to date.

48 undefeated

With a victory over Pacquiao, Mayweather will take his undefeated record to 48 fights, just one win off Rocky Marciano's 49-fight record. Pacquiao, while still one of the all-time greats, can't boast of an unblemished record. In 64 fights Pacquiao, has won 57, lost five and drawn two. However, the Filipino has won 38 fights by way of knock-out compared to Mayweather's 26.

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