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Manny Pacquiao-Adrien Broner generates over 400,000 pay-per-view buys

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Manny Pacquiao didn’t just prove he can still fight Saturday in his victory over Adrien Broner. He also showed he’s still a draw.

The Ring broke the news Tuesday that Showtime’s pay-per-view telecast of Pacquiao-Broner generated over 400,000 buys, per industry sources. Pacquiao’s last stateside fight, a victory over Jessie Vargas in November 2016, pulled in around 300,000 purchases.

Pacquiao-Broner is the best-selling pay-per-view this decade not featuring Floyd Mayweather, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez or Pacquiao himself. Now that Pacquiao is fighting under the PBC banner, more lucrative fights await him.

“I only want to continue to fight the best,” Pacquiao said Sunday in Las Vegas, according to his publicist Fred Sternburg. “If Floyd can no longer fight at my level, then of course he should stay retired.”

The Filipino Senator wants a second crack at Mayweather, and he’s confident he would perform far better in a rematch. When Pacquiao met Mayweather in May 2015, the eight-division champion did so with a torn rotator cuff. He was denied an injection of Toradol, a pain-killing shot; he dropped a lopsided decision in a fight that shattered revenue records.

Even if the rematch doesn’t come together, Pacquiao can await the winner of Errol Spence Jr.-Mikey Garcia on March 16. There’s also viable PPV dance partners like Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia.

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger