Floyd Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision in Saturday night's big boxing event, but at the end of the day it will be the pay-per-view industry that ends up the ultimate winner.
Mayweather used his quick hands and long jab to keep the more aggressive Pacquiao at bay for most of the 12-round fight, winning comfortably on all three of the official judges’ scorecards. Two judges saw the fight 116-112, while a third judge saw the fight 118-110 for the welterweight champion.
Mayweather remains undefeated at 48-0. He said after the fight that he will return to the ring in September in the last of his six-fight deal with Showtime.
HBO and Showtime will simultaneously air a replay of the fight next Saturday at 9 p.m. HBO will pair the fight the Canelo Alvarez/James Kirkland live boxing match, while Showtime will premiere its Inside Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Epiloge speical, said representatives from both networks.
The highly anticipated Mayweather-Pacquiao fight is expected to break all PPV buy and revenue records. Prior to the fight, numeorus subscribers complained of having trouble accessing the fight feed, prompting Charter to send out a Tweet acknowledging the outages by saying, “we are working to resolve as soon as possible.”
The main event was even delayed for approximately 30 minutes to allow last minute PPV orders to be processed, according to fight announcers.
HBO Sports senior vice president Mark Taffet said earlier in the evening that a record number of orders were being processed so fans should be “patient” as distributors processed the orders.
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