Boxing Pay-Per-View Numbers for Floyd Mayweather vs Shane Mosley - Tidbits on a Beautiful Tuesday
By Steve Kim, MaxBoxing (May 4, 2010) Special to Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor, DHB)  
My good friend Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that sources tell him that the recent bout between Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosley did between 1.1 and 1.2 million pay-per-view buys, which is well below some peoples expectactions. But I’m hearing the final- or at least, later- tally will be closer to 1.4-1.5 million buys. Tabulating pay-per-view buys can take months and even longer than a year and I found it a bit strange that anyone had a figure so soon. Usually the networks and promtors wait at least 4-5 days before announcing anything.

I expected this fight to do around 1.75 to 2 million buys, but anything over a million is a success in my view. But I do think some of the outlandish projections of Richard Schaefer, who was talking about four million purchases, really hurt the perception of how well this event did.

Seriously, I’ve never heard Bob Arum even exaggerate that badly.

- Hearing that while talks are underway between the camps of heavyweight titlists, Wlad Klitschko and David Haye, Sky TV of Britain, is pushing for a Haye- Audley Harrison fight. I wish I were joking but I swear, that’s what I’m told.

- I know this may sound politically incorrect, but it can’t help the promotional cause of Amir Khan (already going through some work visa issues) that the most recent attempt at terrorism in New York was comitted by someone who was a naturalized citizen of Pakistan. Khan, had made comments in the past that he felt he was a victim of prejudice in England, but I wonder based on the political and world climate that exists, if things are any better out here in the United States.

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