By Bert Eljera
LAS VEGAS – If it’s all about the money, then Pacquiao-Bradley did not do too badly.
According to RingTV.com, a sister media outlet of Ring Magazine, the June 9 fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley generated a live gate of nearly $9 million at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Nevada Athletic commission executive director Keith Kizer, who provided the figures, also said there was an additional gate of $249,000 from 4,980 closed-circuit tickets sold in Las Vegas.
More than 2,000 tickets went unsold and 925 complimentary tickets were given away.
It was a better grosser than Pacquiao’s fight against Shane Mosley in May last year, which made $8,882,600 from 15,422 tickets.
Bradley (29-0, 12 knockouts), earned a career-high purse of $5 million for the fight, while Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs) got $26 million.
The purses do not include their share of the pay-per-view receipts. PPV was sold at $54.99 and $64.99 for HD in the United States.
It’s worthy to note that in his last three fights, excluding the bout with Bradley, Pacquiao had 3.86 million in PPV buys, and sold out the arenas where he fought.
The record PPV is 2.4 million for the Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Oscar de la Hoya fight on May 5, 2007.
Meanwhile, Bradley has suffered ligaments damage on his left foot and a “severe” sprain on his right foot, and may need time to heal before fighting again.
A cast is expected to be placed on his swollen foot, he said in an interview with RingTV.com, although he said he was “feeling good.”
“There are splints on both of my freaking ankles. I went to the the hospital because of my ankles. But I have two splints. I’ve got one on my right ankle and another on my left foot,” said Bradley on Sunday.
“There is a splint on the top part of my left foot where the left foot is really bad. I’ve got a sprain on the right one, but the left one is really bad because I heard a pop on the top part of my foot like a bone moved or something. So, I fought through all of that.”
Bradley said that the injuries happened as a result of the surface of the canvas, which he felt was unusually soft.
“It was the canvas. It was the texture of the canvas. The texture of the canvas was like a soft, spongy texture. It was not a fast ring at all. It was more of a bouncy ring. It wasn’t fast at all. It was a soft ring that slowed me down. The left one went in the second round. That was the game-changer for me because I took the first two rounds. I felt that I took the first two rounds, anyway. I know that I won the first two, but when that happened, man, it completely altered everything that I was trying to do,” said Bradley.
“At that point, I had to favor one side. So I was favoring the right leg, you know, because I had to take pressure off of the left leg. And then I ended up having to do the same thing with the right leg. I don’t know exactly what round I twisted the right foot in. But when I did it, I had gone back to get out of the way of a punch and lost my footing. When that happened, man, I had more problems. I couldn’t get out of the way of punches as easily.”
Despite all these troubles, Duane Ford, a 76-year-old fight judge who scored the bout 115-113 in Bradley’s favor, said the American gave Pacquiao a “boxing lesson.”
Ford is expected to explain his score and his comments to HBO in an interview with broadcaster Jim Lampley Saturday night.