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Mayweather-Maidana rematch performs well on PPV and live gate

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The rematch between Mayweather and Maidana outperformed most expectations, getting a reported 925,000 PPV buys.

Ethan Miller

So much for any Mayweather boycotts. Given today's PPV climate, Mayweather-Maidana II does much better than expected with a reported 925,000 PPV buys. That's roughly 25,000 more buys than the first fight, and considering the rematch was much less exciting than the first go round, along with expectations that the match would be a relative dud on PPV, I'd have to say this is largely another success for Floyd.

The live gate produced favorably as well, grossing nearly $15 million. That put the rematch at #5 on the top 35 boxing gates, right behind Mayweather-Maidana I and ahead of De La Hoya-Pacquiao. Apparently all the controversy of Mayweather's continued legal issues, reading ability, and his Ray Rice comments didn't cause the public to close their wallets off to boxing's top pound-for-pound man. Without question, Mayweather is still clearly boxing's biggest draw and the fact he can manage to do these kind of numbers in a fight that most weren't thrilled about doesn't really bode well for fans bemoaning his choice of opposition.

Surely this also means that in any possible negotiations regarding a potential Pacquiao fight, Floyd will maintain his position to take a very large portion of the pot. Its most likely an obstacle that won't be overcome and leaves us right where we've been for quite some time now - Floyd fighting whomever he pleases, whenever he pleases - and regardless of any outcries, the fans wind up dishing out anyways.