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HBO announced on Tuesday that the May 1 pay-per-view bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley sold 1.4 million units and generated $78.3 million in pay-per-view revenue.
It is one of only eight boxing matches ever to sell at least 1.4 million and it ranks second all time among non-heavyweight bouts.
The 2007 match between Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya is the all-time PPV sales leader, at 2.45 million. Mayweather-Mosley is now the No. 2 non-heavyweight pay-per-view ever, barely edging out the 1999 De La Hoya-Felix Trinidad fight that also did about 1.4 million.
Following Mayweather-De La Hoya in the top 10 are Mike Tyson-Evander Holyfield II at 1.99 million; Tyson-Lennox Lewis at 1.97 million; Tyson-Holyfield I at 1.59 million; Tyson-Peter McNeeley at 1.55 million; Mayweather-Mosley at 1.4 million; De La Hoya-Trinidad at 1.4 million; Holyfield-George Foreman at 1.4 million; Tyson-Frank Bruno II at 1.37 million; and Tyson-Razor Ruddock II at 1.25 million.
The May 1 fight was the third Mayweather bout that has exceeded 1 million in PPV sales. Only five other fighters, Tyson, Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, De La Hoya and Pacquiao, have surpassed 1 million more than once.
Tyson has participated in seven bouts that have sold more than 1 million. Holyfield and De La Hoya four each and Lewis and Pacquiao two each.
Mayweather's Sept. 19 bout against Juan Manuel Marquez sold 1.08 million on pay-per-view.
With that, let's hop into the boxing mailbag, where I'll respond to your questions and comments.
I agree with much of what you say, Samore, though I'd put Mayweather over Chavez. Your basic point is on the money, however.
It's not as easy to answer that question as you might think, Adam. If Golden Boy had gotten Pacquiao exclusively, would Mayweather have subsequently decided to work with them? Who knows? I suspect perhaps not. If we assume that both would have been promoted by Golden Boy at the same time, I think the fight would have been easier to make, because Arum is an obstacle. Arum doesn't get along well with Mayweather, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe and Mayweather adviser Al Haymon. Eliminate that and you eliminate one – one – of the obstacles in the way of the fight. But the timing of the blood draws Mayweather would still be an issue.
What is exciting to one person isn't always exciting to another. Mayweather is a boxer, not a brawler. Some people appreciate the technical skills of a fighter like Mayweather and others only love brawls. I appreciate both and I recognize Mayweather is a superior talent. That doesn't mean I won't be coming out of my chair the next time I'm watching a toe-to-toe slugfest like Jose Luis Castillo-Diego Corrales I. There's room for all types.
I think he's great, Billy. He's making the most of what he has. He's not a knockout puncher, but then, Mike Tyson wasn't a slick boxer, either. Mayweather's 41-0 and has been at the game's highest level for more than a decade. That makes him great in my book.
I'm both, Stab. Mosley's age isn't an issue to me because it wasn't an issue before the fight. I didn't hear anyone saying before the fight that Mosley is old and over the hill. It's only after Mayweather won easily that it's become an issue. You can't have it both ways. I don't recall reading anything or hearing anyone saying that Mosley's time off was a factor. When Mayweather returned after a 21-month absence to fight Juan Manuel Marquez, the time away didn't seem to make a difference. Why should it make a difference for Mosley, when Mosley, trainer Naazim Richardson and the Mosley team said before the fight that his age and his layoff weren't going to be a factor in the outcome?Paul Williams win via technical split decision against Kermit Cintron on Saturday? Shouldn't that be a no-contest? I mean Cintron flew outside the ring, gets to be taken in the hospital and loses the match?
The decision was correct because California State Athletic Commission rules governed the contest, not the unified rules of the Association of Boxing Commissions that are used in most venues. But in neither case, would it have been a no contest. Using California rules, referee Lou Moret ruled it correctly. If the unified rules had been in place, it would have been a TKO for Williams. It would only be a no contest had Cintron been unable to continue due to a foul. There was no foul in this case. Cintron inadvertently fell out of the ring, so it couldn't have been a no contest under unified rules.
Quezon City, Philippines
I thought he was just so-so, though in fairness, a large part of the reason has to be his long layoff. I think he'd beat Cotto again if they fought, because I don't think Cotto has that much left and a rugged fight like Margarito would be too difficult for him. I'd favor Mayweather and Pacquiao, though I think he'd have a better chance against Pacquiao than Mayweather only because of the size.
Van Nuys, Calif.
Williams last made 147 when he fought Carlos Quintana on June 7, 2008. I agree. He's no longer a welterweight and shouldn't be in the mix there. It's time to move on, Paul.
North Andover, Mass.
Manny, Pavlik did not miss weight when he defended his titles against Martinez. At the weigh-in, both Pavlik and Martinez weighed 159½, which is a half-pound under the middleweight limit of 160 pounds. What I think you may be referencing is that Pavlik weighed 180 or so on the night of the fight. The fighters are required to make the division weight limit at the weigh-in the day before the fight, roughly 24-30 hours before their match. After the weigh-in, there is no restriction on them so they can weigh what they want when they come into the ring. They are often dehydrated at weigh-ins, but when they eat and drink after it, they gain back a lot of weight they shed. Campbell and Guzman missed weight for a title fight AT the weigh-in, which is why they had the problems they did. And it's important to note that Mayweather did not miss weight against Marquez. The contract was for a welterweight fight, which is 147, and Mayweather weighed 146.
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