The year 2023 will remember the highly anticipated boxing match between Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia as one of the biggest events of the year. Reports from insiders in the industry reveal that the pay-per-view card featuring Davis vs. Garcia already sold over 1.2 million buys, with final numbers still being tallied. MMA Fighting received confirmation on Wednesday of this momentous achievement.
The Showtime pay-per-view card cost $84.99, while DAZN priced its version at $60, which required a streaming service subscription. The full figures for Davis vs. Garcia won’t be available for several weeks owing to traditional pay-per-view sales through cable and satellite providers, as well as digital sales through streaming services. But it’s expected that the total number will increase as sales already exceeded 1.2 million.
For Davis, Garcia, and everyone else involved in the fight, these numbers are an enormous victory. The fight may end up being the most successful pay-per-view event of the year. Davis won the match after landing a brutal body shot that led to Garcia being down on the mat and unable to rise to his feet in the seventh round.
Davis’s triumph pushed him to 29-0 in his successful career. Furthermore, the interest in the fight and the high number of pay-per-view buys suggest that Davis will have a huge following moving forward. Davis has previously headlined multiple pay-per-views, but none have matched the overall sales of this fight.
The fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, in addition to the pay-per-view buys, also generated tremendous revenue, with the live gate hitting $22.8 million. This figure is the fifth-highest ever in the combat sports industry history in Nevada. The top four live gate earners all featured Floyd Mayweather or Saul “Canelo” Alvarez as the headliners.