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PPV Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Losers Were All Who Paid $99

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By    |   Monday, 04 May 2015 12:14 PM

Getting pay-per-view to work for the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquino fight proved as difficult for many subscribers as actually seeing either of the boxing champions land a punch in what most agreed was a dull, dull fight.

When Mayweather and Pacquiao took the ring, the real "Fight of the Century" appeared to be between many subscribers and the PPV providers who were overwhelmed by orders for the fight, caused their systems to crash in parts of New York City, Los Angeles and Dallas, according to Rolling Stone magazine.

"On cue, the cable and satellite companies found a way to screw up easy revenue for its coffers, as customers of Time Warner, Comcast, Cox, AT&T, Optimum, DirecTV and Charter all took to social media to complain about order malfunctions or poor picture quality," wrote Joe Concha for Mediaite.com.

"The complaints were so loud, Jim Lampley – who calls every fight with such precision and captures each moment with perfection – even had to acknowledge and apologize for the pay-per-view issues on the air before the fight," said Concha.

The complaints forced companies to issues their own apologies and explanations as well throughout the night, according to CNBC.


"We heard initial reports of some systems freezing," Showtime told CNBC in a statement. "We asked consumers for patience with the operators as they deal with overwhelming amount of orders."

USA Today's Chris Chase said even if everything went swimmingly well with pay-per-view, which is still expected to net more than $300 million according to CNBC, the fight was so boring that it was not worth the money it cost to order the bout.

"You can only fool people so long," Chase wrote. "The announcement that Mayweather was the victor was inevitability. Pacquiao was the loser, but he had company. All of us were too. Most had watched the classic end to the Spurs-Clippers Game 7 before flipping over to the fight. It had action, unpredictability and 'did you see that?!' moments. Basically it was the exact opposite of Mayweather-Pacquiao. Oh, and it didn't cost $99.95."


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