Mayweather v McGregor: Final pay-per-view numbers are official

By Scott Christ

It’s the second-biggest pay-per-view, by far, of all time.

The final numbers for the August 26 pay-per-view event featuring a main event between Floyd Mayweather and UFC’s Conor McGregor are in, and it’s safe to say that, as expected, everyone laughed and laughed their way to the bank following the exhibition, which Mayweather won via 10th round TKO.

Mayweather-McGregor was, in fact, the second-biggest pay-per-view event of all-time, coming in at a total of 4.3 million pay-per-view buys in the United States. It is behind only Mayweather-Pacquiao from 2015, fight that had been brewing and demanded for several years, which did 4.6 million pay-per-view buys in a joint effort from HBO and Showtime.

Mayweather-McGregor was a joint effort, too, by Showtime and UFC. It came in well ahead of the third-biggest pay-per-view of all time, HBO’s Oscar De La Hoya vs Floyd Mayweather event in 2007.

Whatever you thought of the spectacle, there’s no question it was a massive financial success. That doesn’t mean it was good or really helped anything in terms of boxing’s bigger or long term pictures, but it sure made a ton of money.

Source:: Bad Left Hook

Mayweather-McGregor numbers finally released

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Showtime Sports confirmed today that the SHOWTIME PPV presentation of Mayweather vs. McGregor on August 26, 2017 generated 4.3 million pay-per-view buys in North America. This includes traditional television distribution and online portals such as the new SHOWTIME PPV app and as well as UFC.TV in U.S. and Canada.

Mayweather vs. McGregor, a four-fight SHOWTIME PPV boxing event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, officially stands as the second largest pay-per-view event of all time behind Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, which set the North American pay-per-view mark at 4.6 million buys in 2015. The SHOWTIME PPV totals for Mayweather vs. McGregor far exceed the now third best event in history—nearly doubling the 2.48 million buys for Oscar De La Hoya vs. Mayweather in 2007.

The total global revenue from the event including ticket sales, sponsorship and international distribution exceeds $600 million, which—along with Mayweather vs. Pacquiao— is among the largest for a single-day sporting event of all time. Mayweather and SHOWTIME PPV now account for the three highest grossing pay-per-view events in television history with the third-ranked event Mayweather vs. Canelo from 2013.

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Povetkin: I don’t care about his weight

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By Przemek Garczarczyk

“I can be smaller but still be the better, faster and smarter fighter,” said former WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin who is giving away 35 pounds against Christian Hammer Friday night in Ekaterinburg, Russia. “I don’t care about his weight…I know that I’m in the optimal condition. I have no idea, what kind of tactics he will employ fighting with this weight. I know what I want to do. Win,” said Povetkin in an exclusive interview.

Povetkin (32-1, 23 KO) meets Hammer (22-4, 12 KO) for both the WBA Intercontinental and WBO International belts.

The “Russian Knight” dismissed the notion that new heavyweight era is only for giants and called his VADA doping disqualification “unjust” and “unfair.” Povetkin and his promotional company World of Boxing also made it known very well who their main target is for 2018: undefeated WBA/IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KO).

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Carl Frampton and Nonito Donaire in talks for April 7th match

By Patrick L. Stumberg

They are ranked #3 and #4, respectively, by the WBC

Frank Warren, whom former champion Carl Frampton has teamed up with after leaving Cyclone Promotions, has confirmed that his charge will have his next fight on April 7th in Belfast and tabbed Nonito Donaire as a potential opponent.

Donaire’s Twitter suggests he’s down.

In other news, could anyone tell me what the temperature looks like in Belfast around March? Asking for a friend @RealCFrampton

— Nonito Donaire (@filipinoflash) December 13, 2017

There’s a sense that Donaire (38-4, 24 KO) is well past his best, but he’s 5-1 since his loss to Nicholas Walters and arguably deserved the win against Jessie Magdaleno two Novembers ago. At 35, though, this could very well be his last chance at the big time.

Last deserved chance at the big time, at least.

Frampton (24-1, 14 KO) won a competitive bounce-back fight against Horacio Garcia last month, taking a count in the process. Beating Donaire would be a quality argument that he’s ready for another crack at a world title.

Source:: Bad Left Hook

Boxing Buzz

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Tonight’s scheduled ESPN2 junior featherweight clash between Diego De La Hoya and Jose Salgado was canceled after De La Hoya weighed in 4.5 pounds heavy. Junior lightweights Carlos Morales and Dardan Zenunaj will now meet in the main event. The ESPN2 telecast begins at 10:30PM ET/7:30PM PT.

Due to a technical error, a re-air of the title fight between boxing’s Cinderella Man, Jeff “the Hornet” Horn and Gary “Hellraiser” Corcoran did not air in its entirety last night on ESPN. The WBO Welterweight championship fight will re-air Friday, December 15 at 6:45 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and is currently available to stream on the ESPN App.

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Mendoza enters 3rd year as head of the WBA

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Gilberto Jesús Mendoza is celebrating two years as the head of the World Boxing Association (WBA). He was unanimously elected, on December 14, 2015, at the WBA 94th Convention, which was held in Panama City. Mendoza, who has devoted much of his life to boxing, has vowed to reduce the number of champions per division that the WBA has, and emphasized that this change would not be made from one day to another.

In December 2015, the organization had 42 champions and it currently has 25 champions. Resolutions are constantly emitted from the Championships Committee to carry out mandatory fights in order to obtain one champion per division.

In addition, the President of the WBA has also worked to demonstrate that boxing is a vehicle for social improvement. For this purpose, he has made multiple visits to foster homes, has given donations to boxing gyms, motivational speeches to young athletes in different countries and, one of the most tangible contributions, was the visit to La Honda neighborhood in Medellin, Colombia, where he was accompanied by: Óscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins, Antonio Cervantes “Kid Pambelé”, Ricardo “Finito” López, among other great champions.

Now, the body’s commitment is to continue with the reduction of titles and, also, to go to the universities to give a scientific and academic character to the preparation of trainers, athletes and specialists in boxing. Also, to advance in medical research to protects boxers even more.

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