Tuesday, January 30, 2007

De La Hoya-Mayweather sells out and breaks live gate record in 3 hours!

The May 5 Oscar De La Hoya-Floyd Mayweather fight sold out in three hours on Saturday. And tickets weren’t cheap either. The mega-bout has broken the live gate record for North American boxing matches by pulling in 19 million dollars in ticket sales. The previous record of 16.9 million was set by the Lennox Lewis-Evander Holyfield II fight in the fall of 1999.

Can this fight also break the all time PPV buys record? That mark was set by Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield in June of 1997 when 1.99 million ordered their rematch. Oscar’s current PPV record is 1.4 million buys, set when he fought Felix Trinidad in September of 1999. Mayweather has just started out as a PPV fighter and he showed a very promising 350,000 buys in his last fight against Carlos Baldomir in which he was responsible for most of the purchases.

But 2 million PPV buys is a huge number, even for Oscar and Floyd together. Of course, if todays news is any indication, that magic number just might be attained by the boys come May.

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