Mayweather vs. Canelo: Big Payday for Mayweather, Biggest PPV Event in FiOS TV History

By: Les Kumagai

According to Forbes magazine, last Saturday’s championship bout will be one of Floyd “Money” Mayweather’s most lucrative ring appearances with a record guarantee of $41.5 million – which will be sweetened by his take from the pay-per-view (PPV) receipts.  Estimates of Mayweather’s combined paycheck vary, but if he nets $70 million from the fight, it will push his 17-year career earnings total to $350 million!

The fight also set a new all-time record for Verizon as the largest-selling PPV event in FiOS TV history.  Mayweather-Canelo outsold the previous FiOS TV PPV record-holder (Mayweather-Cotto, May 2012) by a whopping 69 percent.

For us, the methods our customers used to buy the show are as interesting as the record number of viewers it attracted.  In all, 86 percent of our customers chose to interactively purchase the fight on their TV screen with a few clicks of their remote control.  Almost 2 percent bought the bout online and about 13 percent phoned-in their PPV purchase.

This overwhelming preference for on-screen, self-service purchasing of the Mayweather-Canelo fight is the latest example of why Verizon is a believer in the customer empowering benefits of TV and online interactivity.  Our customers can upgrade FiOS Internet speeds, add premium channels and address service issues when they want and how they want with a click of their TV remote control or computer mouse.  Check it out!


Les started out as a journalist and he’s just as curious today as he was back in the day. When he isn’t extolling the virtues of Verizon’s digital consumer and small business services, Les is trendspotting -- watching how anytime/anywhere device connectivity and network-powered apps, services, and solutions are transforming our lives. From major product breakthroughs to new niche offerings, his vantage point at Verizon allows him to observe the combined impact of the intelligent network and the expanding array of devices it brings to life… at home, at work, and at play.