Source: LA Times
Not bad. Not bad at all. This is only the fourth time in history that a non-heavyweight fight has done a million buys on pay-per-view. The others are also all Oscar (Mayweather, Trinidad, Hopkins), which probably went without saying.
It's basically exactly what I expected. It's not the 1.5 that Kevin Iole said they were tracking, but 1.25 million is still a ton of people, and makes it easily the #1 pay-per-view of the year for not just boxing, but all combat sports.
Here are the boxing numbers for 2008:
|Roy Jones Jr. v. Felix Trinidad||01-19||HBO||500,000|
|Kelly Pavlik v. Jermain Taylor II||02-16||HBO||250,000|
|Juan Manuel Marquez v. Manny Pacquiao II||03-15||HBO||400,000|
|Manny Pacquiao v. David Diaz||06-28||HBO||200,000|
|Miguel Cotto v. Antonio Margarito||07-26||HBO||450,000|
|Juan Manuel Marquez v. Joel Casamayor||09-13||Golden Boy||100,000|
|Kelly Pavlik v. Bernard Hopkins||10-18||HBO||195,000|
|Joe Calzaghe v. Roy Jones Jr.||11-08||HBO||225,000|
|Oscar de la Hoya v. Manny Pacquiao||12-06||HBO||1,250,000|
Oscar-Manny just destroyed everything else. Here are a few things we learned this, year in my view:
- Joe Calzaghe, great as he is, is not a draw in the States. Period.
- Manny Pacquiao, great as he is, can't sell a mismatch like the one with Diaz.
- Kelly Pavlik is not yet a PPV draw. The Hopkins fight was disappointing, but B-Hop has never been a big drawing card, either. The rematch with Taylor, I'm sure they expected more than 250K for a rematch of one of the best and most talked-about fights of 2007.
- If you make a great fight (Cotto-Margarito, Marquez-Pacquiao II), the fans will buy it.
- People had one last gasp of love for Tito Trinidad.