Floyd Mayweather overtakes Manny Pacquiao and Mike Tyson on Pay Per View

Floyd Mayweather sits above Mike Tyson as the generational pay-per-view king for home box office sales.

However, Mayweather is eclipsed by overall purchases of Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier for screen time.

While World Boxing News breaks down the top ten paid PPV sellers in the boxing world, Mayweather’s inclusion at number four comes at the cost of CCTV.

Many would instantly think that Floyd Mayweather had sold the most Pay Per Views in history. However, when you take a closer look at the statistics, several factors come into play.

If the total sales of all platforms where fans pay to watch sport on a screen are taken into account, Ali is far ahead with 160 million and changes.

This was back when most people had to buy a ticket to a theater to watch the fight live. This would change in the future with Home Box Office [HBO] PPV added to the mix.

This format was soon to take over.

With Ali far ahead in the stakes of paid bettors, no one comes close to “The Greatest” until his closest rival, Joe Frazier, is sixty million out of 100 million.

George Foreman is third on over 50 million thanks to his fight with Ali in 1974 and his subsequent comeback in the 1980s.

Mayweather is fourth due to the fact that this era is mostly broadcast at home on a pay-per-view basis with a single extra closed circuit through cable.

Manny Pacquiao comes in fifth, while knockout icon Mike Tyson comes in sixth. Conor McGregor, Oscar De La Hoya, Anthony Joshua and Evander Holyfield complete the top ten.

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Now, if we take these ten superstars and strip out the closed-loop sales, that’s where Floyd Mayweather comes into his element.

For example, “Money” is nine million ahead of Tyson on both lists. Pacquiao is second, ahead of “The Baddest Man on the Planet”.

McGregor, De La Hoya, Joshua and Holyfield give the top seven positions a distinct post-1970 flavor.

Due to his run to become the oldest heavyweight champion of all time, Foreman is next. Ali is ninth and Frazier tenth.

Therefore, on the Pay Per View front as we know it today, there is no doubt that Floyd Mayweather is king.


All time / All platforms

Muhammad Ali 162,944,000

Joe Frazier 100,500,000

George Foreman 52,000,000

Floyd Mayweather Jr. 29,090,000

Manny Pacquiao22,214,000

Mike Tyson 20,700,000

Conor McGregor 18,400,000

Oscar De La Hoya 14,140,000

Anthony Joshua 13,441,000

Evander Holyfield 12,720,000

Mohamed Ali


Sales exclusively at home

Floyd Mayweather Jr. 28,867,000

Manny Pacquiao22,041,000

Mike Tyson 19,780,000

Conor McGregor 18,400,000

Oscar De La Hoya14,090,000

Anthony Joshua 13,441,000

Evander Holyfield 12,600,000

George Foreman 2,000,000

Muhammad Ali 790,000

Joe Frazier 500,000

Phil has over ten years experience in boxing news. Founding Editor of World Boxing News since 2010. Additionally, WBN has over 1 billion views across all platforms.

Competing in over 200 events and scoring over 400 fights, Phil has overseen WBN to a quarter of a million social media followers.