De La Hoya Fight does 2.1mil buys!

NEW YORK -- HBO Sports reported today that 2.15 million pay-per-view buys and $120 million in pay-per-view revenue was generated from last Saturday's mega fight showdown featuring Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The fight was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.

In a fight that set the all-time pay-per-view record by eclipsing the previous mark by a sizable margin of 160,000 buys as well as establishing a new mark for revenue from a pay-per-view telecast, Mayweather scored a split decision victory and captured De La Hoya's junior middleweight title. The showdown, which featured boxing's two biggest attractions, produced 1,225,000 buys from cable systems and 925,000 buys from satellite homes throughout the 50 states.

"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."

Mayweather, regarded as the sport's pound-for-pound king, now possesses a spotless 38-0 record. The 30-year-old Grand Rapids, Michigan native now lives in Las Vegas.

De La Hoya, 34, who has won titles in six weight classes and is the industry's all-time top pay-per-view performer, has now participated in each of the top six non-heavyweight pay-per view events in history -- including the industry record-setting 2.15 million buys vs. Mayweather; the 1.4 million buys for the Felix Trinidad fight in Sept. 1999; one million buys for the matchup with Bernard Hopkins in September 2004; the Sept. 2003 rematch with Shane Mosley, which generated 950,000 buys; and the Sept. 2002 showdown with Fernando Vargas and the May 2006 encounter with Ricardo Mayorga, both of which registered 935,000 buys.

The De La Hoya vs. Mayweather junior middleweight championship fight will be replayed this Saturday night, May 12 at 10:00 p.m. ET/ PT & 9:00 p.m CT on HBO.

The rebroadcast will include a studio show hosted by Jim Lampley and Larry Merchant with new interviews of Mayweather and De La Hoya, plus highlights from the groundbreaking "De La Hoya/Mayweather 24/7" reality series.

The program will be replayed on HBO2 Sunday, May 13 at 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, May 15 at 11:30 p.m. Both times are ET/PT.


LOL, 2.1 million SUCKERS....and I wasn't one of them!

Holy shit. That makes it the most successful boxing PPV of all time, hands down.


"we are determined to continue to present high-profile fights that capture the public's imagination" Any ideas on who it would be??

Nice send-off.

I have always loved boxing but Dana and a whole lot of other commentators are right when they criticize how its been handled.

They spent enough hyping a "fight" with the only nationally recognized name anymore.

The question is how many buys will they do next month?

That's a huge number but the casual fans who don't normally buy boxing PPVs were probably turned off by the fight and won't buy another PPV.

sure they won't...... it is about the marketing buildup. It may take another 5 years to get to that number but the sport is not going anywhere.

That smashes all PPV records.....

Only speaking for myself. I'd buy the rematch.

No one in boxing today has the mass appeal of De La Hoya. I doubt any boxing PPV will do even half that for a while.

Wow. Just shows that people are desperate for a good boxing match... they just arent getting it. People will always buy a big hyped fight of that magnitude. But they dont come around often enough. Boxing still cant touch UFC PPV numbers month to month.

Good for them, that's incredible. If there's a rematch I'd bet it'd only do half that though....

I bought it and it will be the last boxing PPV I will ever buy. I have been buying boxing PPVs since they have existed but took a break the past few years due to lack of interest.

I decided to give it a second chance with this fight and it is $55 that I regret spending.

"2.1 is an amazing number in itself...but for the time/promotion put into this would think it would have been higher."

LOL. I think they were originally projecting somewhere in the neighorhood of 1.5-1.7 million buys. 2.1 million buys not on destroyed all expectations, it eclipsed the previous record that had been around for a decade.

What kind of buys does the ufc get? Serious? Do they do a million?

They don't release the numbers, but estimates are from 400k to 900k ... every 6 weeks or so.

This was boxing's biggest event possible, good for them, they made a lot of money. But how repeatable was this success? To me it was a one shot deal.

They doubled Tito/Chuck from Dec 30....