By the Numbers: Mayweather vs Pacquiao = Biggest Boxing Event Ever

For the modern boxer, pay-per-view is everything; with payouts averaging over $22 million, these fighters take a hit and then take home a paycheck. but in just a few days there is set to be a match to end all matches. Predicted to trump the previous top ten in PPV boxing fights, Mayweather and Pacquiao will be taking home some of the biggest purses of all time.

Rewind back to April 19, 1991 where Evander Holyfield and George Foreman squared off for all 12 rounds. Though Foreman lost that fight, he still earned an incredible $416,666 a minute in a match that ran its entirety. If you think that’s a lot, consider the $16,666,666 that Mike Tyson made per minute on August 19, 1995. This match only lasted for a short time when McNeeley was knocked out in the first round, however.

On May 2nd, 2015, pay-per-views biggest night in boxing will begin with millions of people tuning in for Mayweather and Pacquiao. These two are set to earn $5 million and $2.8 million respectively per minute and could make $170 million and 95.2 million purses for each of them by the end of the night.

Take a look at this infographic for more on the top PPV fights and prepare yourself for the biggest night in PPV boxing history.

Who are you putting your money on?

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