Showtime and HBO have set the price for their upcoming pay-per-view coverage of the hotly anticipated Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao bout. Deadline.com reports that the event, which many observers are calling the fight of the century, will have the highest-ever PPV price point, $89.95.
“That $89.95 is 40% more than the previous PPV high-water mark of $64.95 for Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s fight against Canelo Alverez in September 2013 and the undefeated champ’s two subsequent bouts against Marcos Maidana,” Deadline notes.
The big fight, set for May 2, is being put on by both HBO and Showtime because Showtime has a contract with Mayweather while Pacquiao has a deal with HBO.
Deadline has reported: “This will mark only the second time the premium nets have worked together on a PPV bout. The other was in 2002 when then-heavyweight champ Lennox Lewis, who had an exclusive deal with HBO, knocked out ex-champ Mike Tyson, who was with Showtime.”
The fight has little competition in scrapping for the title of “Fight of the Century” when it comes to the 21st century. But insiders have long duked it out over applying the label to one of the many epic bouts of the 20th century. Most modern analysts seem to have settled on Joe Frazier’s victory over Muhammad Ali in 1971.
Among the other contenders for “Fight of the (20th) Century”: the Jim Jeffries-Jack Johnson bout in 1910, dominated by Johnson, and two fights between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling, in 1936 and 1938, with each fighter claiming one victory.