Boxing PPV Buy Numbers for Floyd Mayweather vs Shane Mosley
By Steve Kim, MaxBoxing (May 5, 2010) Special to Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor)  
My good friend, Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, has stated that this past weekend’s pay-per-view event, featuring Mayweather and Mosley, did approximately 1.1 to 1.2 million buys. But I’ve been told that the numbers that will be released will be closer to 1.4 or 1.5 million. It can take months, even years, for all the pay-per-view tabulations to be added up.

Most of the time, it takes at least four or five days for networks and promoters to release numbers. Regardless, any promotion that does over a million buys has to be regarded as a success. But I don’t think that the outlandish projections of Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer help that perception since he was quoted as saying that he felt this fight could do, not three, but four million buys.

Well, I guess Schaefer learned one thing from working with Arum all those years- the art of exaggeration and hyperbole.

But I’ll say this, if Pacquiao-Mayweather is ever consummated, it will do 10 million PPV buys.

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