Cinco de Mayo has become a boxing holiday and some of the best fights of the year take place on that weekend.
Every major fight since 2003 that fell on Cinco de Mayo weekend has taken place at an MGM property in Las Vegas.
With the highly anticipated Cinco de Mayo weekend fight between Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs at T-Mobile Arena approaching, we compiled a list of the 10 largest grossing Cinco de Mayo weekend fights to take place in Las Vegas.
It may not come as a surprise, but Floyd Mayweather Jr. was part of six of the 10 biggest fights and with the hype surrounding Canelo-Jacobs, that bout may land somewhere on this list.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao- May 2, 2015
This fight was considered one of the most anticipated sporting events in history. Mayweather was an undefeated five-division world champion and Pacquiao entered the ring as an eight-division world champ. This fight took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather Jr. won the bout by unanimous decision. This fight brought in a whopping $72,198,500 to Las Vegas landing it at No. 1 on the list. It also recorded 4.6 million pay-per-view buys.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Oscar De La Hoya- May 5, 2007
This was a light middleweight fight that took place at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather won by split decision. He became the World Boxing Council (WBC) light middleweight titleholder with his win over De La Hoya. At the time, this was the most profitable boxing match ever. This fight brought in $18,419,200 to the state of Nevada and over $130 million total. Mayweather-De La Hoya also had 2.4 million pay-per-view buys.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana- May 3, 2014
This fight may have been the toughest of Mayweather career. The fight went the distance and Mayweather won by majority decision. Mayweather Jr. unified welterweight world titles in front of 16,268 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, a sold out crowd. The estimated pay-per-view buys for this fight were shy of 1 million, reported to be closer to 900,000 total. This fight brought in $15,024,400 to Nevada, landing at No. 3 on the list.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Miguel Cotto- May 5, 2012
Mayweather and Miguel Cotto met at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with the WBA title on the line. This bout went 12 rounds with Mayweather ultimately winning by unanimous decision and taking Cotto's WBA Super Welterweight title. This main card included Canelo Alvarez vs. Shane Mosely. Alvarez won by unanimous decision. This fight reportedly had 1.5 million pay-per-view buys. Mayweather Jr.-Cotto brought in $12,000,150 to Nevada.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Shane Mosley- May 1, 2010
Mayweather fought Mosley after Andre Berto pulled out of a scheduled unification fight against Mosley. Mayweather Jr. entered the fight as the favorite and ultimately won the 12-round fight by unanimous decision. The fight brought in $11,032,100 and a reported 1.4 million pay-per-view buys. There were no titles on the line for this fight.
Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.- May 6, 2017
This fight was seen as the best Mexico has to offer, as Canelo Alvarez met Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in the ring at T-Mobile Arena. After 12 rounds, Alvarez was named the unanimous decision winner. This fight brought in $10,631,850. While there wasn't an official reported number of pay-per-view buys, its expected to have been around 1 million. This is the first fight to generate over 1 million pay-per-view buys that didn't include Mayweather, De La Hoya or Pacquiao.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Robert Guerrero- May 4, 2013
Mayweather and Robert Guerrero met in the ring with the WBC welterweight and The Ring welterweight titles on the line. This fight lasted 12 rounds. Guerrero won the first three rounds, but Mayweather ultimately went on to win via unanimous decision. This was the first Mayweather fight to not air on HBO pay-per-view. The fight exceeded 1 million pay-per-view buys. This fight had a gross earning of $9,922,350.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley- May 7, 2011
Pacquiao and Mosley met at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao won this fight unanimously and retained his WBO welterweight championship. Pacquiao and Mosley had some live entertainment, as they entered the ring. LL Cool J performed while Mosley entered the arena, while Jimi Jamison of Survivor sang for Pacquiao. This fight generated $8,882,600 and 1.34 million pay-per-view buys.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Richard Hatton- May 2, 2009
Manny Pacquiao and Richard Hatton met in the ring at MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. Pacquiao went on to knock Hatton out in the second round. This KO was named Knockout of the Year by The Ring Magazine. This fight brought in $8,832,950 to Las Vegas and 850,000 pay-per-view buys.
Oscar De La Hoya vs. Ricardo Mayorga- May 6, 2006
In this bout against Ricard Mayorga, Oscar De La Hoya found himself back in the ring for the first time in 20 months. He went on to win in a sixth-round TKO. The fight brought in $7,636,000 to Las Vegas and 875,000 pay-per-view buys.