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808botz
05-09-2007, 11:23 PM
"Throughout the entire five-month promotion for last Saturday's Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Oscar De La Hoya fight, expectations ran high that it would break the non-heavyweight pay-per-view record of 1.4 million buys set by De La Hoya's 1999 welterweight unification bout against Felix Trinidad.


However, few expected it to break the all-time record for buys (1.99 million, set by the 1997 Evander Holyfield-Mike Tyson heavyweight championship ear-bite rematch) or the all-time revenue record ($112 million set by the 2002 Lennox Lewis-Tyson heavyweight title fight).

But not only did the match between Mayweather, the pound-for-pound king, and De La Hoya, the sport's most popular fighter, crush the non-heavyweight record, it also blew away the all-time buy and revenue records, HBO PPV announced Wednesday.

The new records: an astonishing 2.15 million buys, a number that will increase once all the buys are fully accounted for (the fight could easily surpass 2.2 million buys), and a gargantuan $120 million in pay-per-view revenue.

The buy record included 1.225 million units from cable systems and 925,000 satellite homes.

"I'm ecstatic," De La Hoya told ESPN.com, just after taping an interview for HBO's rebroadcast. "Of course, the money makes me really happy, but just having those records and being a non-heavyweight is an accomplishment in itself. To break the 1.99 million mark goes to show you that Golden Boy Promotions likes to do things in a big way.

"I think everyone targeted the 1.4 million mark, but me and [Golden Boy CEO] Richard [Schaefer] were always shooting for the 2 million mark. It's amazing."

Mayweather claimed a split decision victory and won a junior middleweight title in the much-anticipated showdown at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. HBO will televise a replay of the fight Saturday night (10 ET/PT), which will include new interviews with Mayweather and De La Hoya.

"De La Hoya vs. Mayweather was a record-setting event from the moment the fight was announced," said Ross Greenburg, president of HBO Sports. "We are delighted that sports fans recognized the greatness of these two future Hall of Famers and tuned in for their showdown. It's satisfying to see that boxing still connects with sports fans throughout the country and we are determined to continue to present high-profile fights that capture the public's imagination."

If you include the $19 million-plus live gate (another record) plus millions more in revenue from foreign TV sales, merchandising, sponsorships and closed circuit sales, the fight will gross in excess of $150 million.

"It is mind boggling, but it goes to show you the hard work everyone put into the promotion paid off," De La Hoya told ESPN.com. "Everyone did a tremendous job."

Greenburg also credited the success of HBO's "24/7" reality show that ran in a coveted Sunday night slot behind the "Sopranos" and "Entourage" for three weeks leading up to the fight with helping sell both the public and the media on its worth.

De La Hoya was guaranteed $23.3 million and Mayweather $10 million for the fight. With the overwhelming success of the event, De La Hoya could take home upwards of $50 million with Mayweather earning around $20 million.

"I'm particularly pleased that the fight reached 2.15 million buys on a weekend in which 'Spiderman 3' established a new Hollywood box office record and the Kentucky Derby took place," HBO PPV's Mark Taffet said. "That puts in perspective the magnitude of it."

The pay-per-view tally also made De La Hoya the biggest pay-per-view attraction in history. His 18 pay-per-view events have generated $612 million in domestic television receipts, enabling him to leave Tyson ($545 million) and Holyfield ($543 million) in the dust.

De La Hoya's fights have also sold 12.55 million units. With the 2.15 million sold for this fight expected to increase, De La Hoya should surpass Holyfield's record of 12.6 million units. De La Hoya surpassed Tyson's 12.4 million total.

"When I was in Vegas I got the indications that we would break the first hurdle on Monday, when I knew we would do more than 1 million buys," Schaefer said. "Then on Tuesday, I knew we would break the Trinidad fight record. From there on we were in uncharted territory. Not only did we break the all-time record [non-heavyweight record], we went straight to home run with the biggest event in the history of the sport.

"If you think about it, for a non-heavyweight fight, to break the record buy, it shows you if you do the right fights, boxing is still very much alive."

De La Hoya has participated in each of the top six non-heavyweight pay-per view events in history. Fights on the list beside matches with Mayweather and Trinidad include those with Bernard Hopkins (1 million), a rematch with Shane Mosley (950,000), Fernando Vargas (935,000) and Ricardo Mayorga (935,000).

"The results of this fight are a tribute to Oscar and to Mayweather," Schaefer said. "It was a great team effort between HBO, Golden Boy and the sponsors, who are the key to the sport of boxing. Having corporate America in boxing again shows you what we can do. This is an amazing effort from the sponsors and also from the MGM.

"From the beginning, Oscar said, 'Let's reach for the stars and go for the home run.' To be involved as a four-year-old company and do this is a big feather in the Golden Boy cap. The key is now to build on it and show that this is not a one-night-only event, to learn from this and apply the formula to other events."

Dan Rafael is the boxing writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was included."


http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/news/story?id=2865349

808botz
05-10-2007, 12:15 AM
All i can say is WOW. Thats alot of cash. Next time Dana opens his mouth about Boxing be boring he should watch out. haha All Mayweather has to do is show him how much he makes compared to UFC top fighters. I think Dana would shut up after that. I wonder if MMa fighters are every going to get that kind of CASH. DONT THINK SO! With Zuffa owning the 2 biggest companys Fighters wont get what they derserve. UFC is Mainstream but Boxers Gets PAID.

SimpleJack
05-10-2007, 12:26 AM
Yeah, ESPN just said that DLH will make in excess of 45 million now. When asked how he felt, he said, "I'm ecstatic!!"
I can only imagine. That's like the damn Powerball!

Punk Ass
05-10-2007, 04:54 PM
That's beautiful. Boxing isn't dead, it just needs more great fighters, and they are here, just wait until Andre Ward gets a little more experience.

LebenTysonTank
05-10-2007, 05:29 PM
That's beautiful. Boxing isn't dead, it just needs more great fighters, and they are here, just wait until Andre Ward gets a little more experience.

They dont need more great fighters....they need more great FIGHTS.The welterweight division is stacked right now as are a lot of other divisions.A lot of people talk shit about the heavyweight division,bt if they had an actual unified champ it would be awesome to see actual contenders fight other top contenders.You got Wlad and Vitali K.,Lamon Brewster,Sergei Lykavich,Maskaev,Toney,Sam Peter,David Tua,Nicolay Valuev,Rahman,Joe Mesi,hell even Holyfield and a ton more guys that caliber that could at the least make for exciting fights and clear the path for a recognized heavyweight champ.

Dork8503
05-10-2007, 09:42 PM
isnt it a little soon to be giving out numbers. I thought it took a while to find out numbers. Anyway i called it i said it would do at least 1.8 and prob hit 2.2 buys. Thats great for the fight. Im betting a rematch wouldnt come close to that. But who cares they did something not even hw's could do.

Jones
05-11-2007, 06:15 AM
That's bullshit man! The card wasn't even good. The 2 undercard fights were total shit, and the main event wasn't all that bad cause I appreciate good boxing and Floyd is a damn good boxer, but it lacked drama and the two guys didn't fight like they cared. More like a glorified sparring match.
I think if Spike TV marketed it well, and Dana put some serious hype into the Chuck/Rampage storyline, UFC 71 could do like 4 million ppv buys or something. How about Tito vs Rampage, Chuck vs CroCop, Couture vs Fedor, Penn vs Gomi, GSP vs Matt Hughes III, Arlovski vs Noguira, and Sherk vs Floyd Mayweather, and Oscar De La Hoya vs Diego Sanchez? That shit would do like 18 million ppv buys I bet!!! All the Spike fans and boxing fans would wanna see that! Wouldn't you????

Caine2878
05-11-2007, 04:59 PM
That's bullshit man! The card wasn't even good. The 2 undercard fights were total shit, and the main event wasn't all that bad cause I appreciate good boxing and Floyd is a damn good boxer, but it lacked drama and the two guys didn't fight like they cared. More like a glorified sparring match.
I think if Spike TV marketed it well, and Dana put some serious hype into the Chuck/Rampage storyline, UFC 71 could do like 4 million ppv buys or something. How about Tito vs Rampage, Chuck vs CroCop, Couture vs Fedor, Penn vs Gomi, GSP vs Matt Hughes III, Arlovski vs Noguira, and Sherk vs Floyd Mayweather, and Oscar De La Hoya vs Diego Sanchez? That shit would do like 18 million ppv buys I bet!!! All the Spike fans and boxing fans would wanna see that! Wouldn't you????

You are living in a dream world. Oscar vs Diego? What would Oscar gain from that? Not a damn thing. Spike can market the Chuck vs Rampage fight all they want it still would never do 4 mil buys because the UFC market isn't big enough.