Pac-Bradley bout makes $8.9M at live gate
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxer Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao's controversial match against American Timothy Bradley Jr. sold 13,229 tickets and generated live gate receipts of $8,963,180.
Keith Kizer, the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, released the figures to ESPN.
The controversial bout saw Bradley become the new World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion after being awarded a split-decision victory over Pacquiao, who came in as a massive favorite.
ESPN reported that there were 2,070 unsold tickets and 925 complimentary tickets given away.
The fight also made $249,000 from 4,980 closed-circuit tickets sold.
The Pacquiao-Bradley live gate is the 17th largest in the history of Nevada, coming ahead of Pacquiao’s unanimous decision win over Shane Mosley last May 2011, which generated $8,882,600 from 15,442 tickets sold.
Pacquiao's victory over Oscar De La Hoya in December 2008 is the third biggest live gate of all time in Nevada, generating $14,380,300 from 14,468 tickets sold.
The pay-per-view numbers are still being compiled.
According to boxing blog Bad Left Hook, the live gate numbers are on par with Pacquiao "post-Oscar Nevada gates."
"Obviously, Pacquiao-Bradley just wasn’t the sort of fight that could challenge the recent stellar numbers for big events bouts in Vegas. But I don’t think they’re a true disappointment, either," wrote blogger Scott Christ.
Christ notes that the Pacquiao-Bradley live gate was also much better than the gate for Pacquiaos' bouts against Antonio Margarito and Joshua Clottey, which were held at the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas.