TOP Rank boss Bob Arum is confident that the pay-per-view (PPV) revenue of the Manny Pacquiao-Chris Algieri fight on November 23 in Macau would surpass those of Pacman’s previous fights with Brandon Rios and Timothy Bradley.
Arum, 82, predicts at least $900,000 PPV sales for the fight.
“The fight is receiving full publicity now. And if you ask me if I’m confident that this fight will bring in a respectable pay-per-view numbers, yes of course,” Arum told The Manila Times on Tuesday in a phone interview. “We’re expecting around $700,000 up to more than $900,000 sales.”
Arum, who left the country on Tuesday night to return to the United States, said that Algieri (20-0 win-loss record with eight knockouts) has also gained tremendous popularity in the US particularly in New York City after his impressive split decision win against Ruslan Provodnikov in June in Brooklyn.
“Pacquiao has a lot of followers around the world and now Algieri is getting a lot of good publicity too which we never had before,” added the veteran promoter Arum who has worked with the legendary world champion Muhammad Ali.
Pacquiao’s long time adviser Mike Koncz agreed with Arum’s prediction, “Yes, I’m very confident that the Pacquiao-Algieri fight will surpass the Rios and Bradley bout. It is not about the penny, but it’s all about the fight itself.”
The earnings of the Pacquiao-Bradley rematch in April in Las Vegas is estimated to be between $775,000 and $800,000, while the Pacquiao-Brandon Rios fight in November 2013 in Macau posted a PPV sale of $475,000.
“I’m expecting a knockout win for Pacquiao and the fans are longing for it. I’m confident Pacquiao will win by knockout in the early rounds,” Koncz added.
Pacquiao (56-5-2 record with 38 knockouts) resumed his training on Tuesday after a successful two-day media workout in Hong Kong during the weekend.
“The fans in Hong Kong particularly the Filipino community there was really incredible. They really love Pacquiao and we’re expecting most of them to watch the fight,” said Koncz. “Manny jogged earlier and he’s going to train and spar later.”