Floyd Mayweather didn’t knock out Logan Paul on Sunday night, but he relished something else that happened during the Showtime pay-per-view telecast.
Talking about his enduring marketability, Mayweather grinned at the postfight press conference and said, “I can make Showtime crash.”
Indeed, Showtime’s servers temporarily crashed as demand for the fight surged.
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“The thing we know is there was a massive amount of demand, which we’ve seen before at Mayweather-Pacquiao and Mayweather-McGregor,” Showtime spokesperson Chris DeBlasio said. “There was a massive demand, but what was the technical issue? We can’t definitively say.”
Refunds are being offered for customers who paid for the fight but were unable to watch it, according to DeBlasio.
“We saw these complaints and we sort of dealt with that situation on the fly, and it seems to have gotten better,” he said. “A lot of people did get in on the pay-per-view stream as the night went on and the complaints went down.”
Showtime provided no preliminary numbers on pay-per-view buys, but it’s a good bet it will rank high. Among the four fights ranked highest based on pay-per-view buys, three involved Mayweather.
His fight against Manny Pacquiao in 2016 sold 4.6 million pay-per-view buys; his fight against Conor McGregor in 2017 sold 4.3 million pay-per-view buys; and his fight against Canelo Alvarez in 2013 sold 2.2 million pay-per-view buys.