Mayweather Could Set PPV Record Against Hatton

November 29, 2007

Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports has a great piece on the business and buildup of December 8th’s Mayweather-Hatton fight. Key notes:

  • The fight sold out in roughly thirty minutes for a total gate in excess of $10 million. Additionally, 18,000 closed circuit tickets have already been sold in Las Vegas.
  • All other revenue streams are running at about 60% of the business Mayweather-De La Hoya did in May. You may remember that fight as the most successful ever.
  • Golden Boy expects the show do to roughly 1.5 million pay-per-view buys. Iole reports “that would make Mayweather Jr. the first non-heavyweight ever to sell more than 1 million pay-per-views in back-to-back fights, as well as the first man to 4 million in one calendar year.”
  • Mayweather has the chance to generate more than $200 million in pay-per-view revenue for 2007. As Iole said, “the kid who was dogged for an inability to sell out a small arena in his hometown might all of a sudden have become the most valuable property in the sport. He’s learned fabulously well how to sell a pay-per-view show.”

The whole piece is well worth reading if for no other reason than the Roger Mayweather quotes.

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