Mayweather-Guerrero pay-per-view buys to hit 1 million

The Sports Xchange
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. isn't called "Money" for nothing.
His fight on Saturday against Robert Guerrero at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas generated more than 1 million pay-per-view buys, according to Stephen Espinoza, head of Showtime Sports.
The 1 million buys is significantly less than recent Mayweather fights, yet Espinoza told ESPN he is not disappointed.
"We still don't have complete numbers, but we've seen the dish numbers and some of the cable numbers to be comfortable saying we will definitely exceed 1 million buys," Espinoza said Friday. "We can't tell how much it will exceed 1 million, though. That's going to be determined by the reporting [from cable systems] that will come in over the next few weeks."
Mayweather's most recent fight before Saturday was against Miguel Cotto. Pay-per-view sales approached 1.2 million for that event. And his two previous fights before Cotto generated 1.35 million pay-per-view buys against Victor Ortiz and 1.35 million against Shane Mosley.
The all-time pay-per-view record -- 2.48 million buys -- was set when Mayweather squared off against Oscar De La Hoya.
In Saturday's bout, Mayweather retained his welterweight title in a lopsided decision against Guerrero.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission released figures on Friday that put the gate as the 16th highest all-time in Nevada. Mayweather-Guerrero generated a gate of $9,922,350 from 14,258 tickets sold. The fight was not sold out -- 139 tickets went unsold.

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