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article imageOp-Ed: Only Pacquiao-Mayweather fight could surpass dela Hoya PPV record

By Leo Reyes     Jul 21, 2013 in Sports
Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) CEO Richard Schaefer predicts that the upcoming Mayweather-Alvarez fight will eclipse the pay-per-view (PPV) record of the dela Hoya-Mayweather fight in 2007.
Schaefer's prognosis came as GBP announced the inclusion of the Danny Garcia-Lucas Matthysse showdown in the Sept. 14 Mayweather-Alvarez fight card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
But Showtime sports Executive Vice-President Stephen Espinoza seems skeptical about the number of PPV buys the Garcia-Mattyysse bout will bring.
“I don't know if we'll ever reach that level again,” Espinoza said. “In a lot of ways, Oscar vs. Floyd was the perfect storm. But if any fight can do it, this one can.”
The highest PPV record in boxing history was established by Oscar de la Hoya and Floyd Mayweather, Jr., when they clashed in 2007 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Having Garcia and Matthysse in the main undercard, Schaefer is confident the Sept.14 card will surpass the 2007 record.
“After our press tour, I felt confident to predict the number would match or beat the gross number we did with Mayweather-De La Hoya of $140 million, and with the addition of Garcia-Matthysse ... whether it breaks 2.525 million, we’ll see. I don’t want to be that bold,” Schaefer said.
But critics say the 2007 PPV record established by de la Hoya and Mayweather is hard to match as de la Hoya was at the peak of his career when he clashed with Mayweather.
Although Mayweather remains popular despite his less stellar performance since his TKO win against Ricky Hatton, it is simply impossible to even match his 2007 PPV record with de la Hoya by facing the young Alvarez, who is not yet a PPV attraction at this time of his career.
Seemingly the only fighter who can help Mayweather surpass his 2007 PPV record with de la Hoya is no other than Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao.
Mayweather Jr. upon his arrival at the ESB
Floyd Mayweather
Oliver Iglesias
PPV Records show that Pacquiao and Mayweather are today's hottest PPV stars. From 2009 to 2012, Mayweather and Pacquiao made an average of 1.2 million buys each per fight.
By simply combining their actual PPV records, they are already assured of at least 2.4 million buys if they clash now.
To surpass the 2007 record, all Mayweather and his handlers need to do is wait till late 2014 when Pacquiao becomes a free agent.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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