Pacquiao-Marquez III a pay-per-view hit

Posted at 12/14/2011 1:22 PM | Updated as of 12/14/2011 7:56 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Filipino boxing champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao remains the biggest draw in the sport, even though he is no longer the undisputed best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

Pacquiao set a new career high for pay-per-view buys with his November 12 fight against Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez, with 1.4-million pay-per-view buys.

It was the third meeting between Pacquiao and Marquez, and like their previous two fights, the result was controversial: Pacquiao defeated Marquez via a majority decision. Many boxing experts, however, believe Marquez was the better man during fight night.

Pacquiao's previous career best came last May 2011, when his one-sided rout of Shane Mosley drew 1.3-million pay-per-view buys.

Top Rank President Todd duBoef said that the strong Latino support for Marquez helped drive the pay-per-view sales.

Experts believe, however, that all existing records in boxing's box office will be shattered if Pacquiao finally faces undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a mega-fight. -- From a report by ANC.