September 19, 2013 |
Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s dominating win over "Canelo" Alvarez was the richest fight ever, a box-office smash at the arena and on television. Showtime said Thursday that at least 2.2 million homes bought the pay-per-view for the bout, second only to the 2.44 million homes in Mayweather's 2007 fight against Oscar De La Hoya. With the highest pay-per-view boxing price - at an average of more than $70 - the fight will generate nearly $150 million in revenue in TV sales alone. Nevada boxing regulators said the gate for the bout was just more than $20 million, also a record.
September 11, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS -- Will it set the record? Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s anticipated junior-middleweight title fight Saturday against Mexico's Saul “Canelo” Alvarez could threaten the 2.45 million pay-per-view buys valued at $137 million generated by Mayweather's 2007 victory over Oscar De La Hoya. The man who helped negotiate Mayweather-Alvarez said though it's his tendency to think conservatively, “if there's a fight that's going to break the record, this is it.” Showtime Sports President Stephen Espinoza said the matching of boxing's most well-known fighter against the rising star of the sport's fan base, “has the potential to be a historic event, on one of the best pay-per-view cards in the last 10 to 15 years.
August 30, 2013 |
Benson Henderson was on the other end of Anthony Pettis' ninja super kick nearly three years ago, but the Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion has moved on impressively. With seven consecutive victories since that loss by decision, including three successful title defenses, Henderson (19-2) on Saturday night confronts Pettis (16-2) again in the main event of pay-per-view UFC 164 in Milwaukee. “He's a pretty confident guy, but I'm a highly confident fighter myself in having the belt, defending the belt again and again.
August 21, 2013 |
WWE's SummerSlam's pay-per-view wrestling event at Staples Center was among the most discussed TV events on social media last week, according to Nielsen's SocialGuide. Fan favorite Daniel Bryan defeated John Cena on Sunday to capture his first WWE Championship. This, and other contests in the ring, generated more than 300,000 comments on Twitter, ranking it among the top 10 most commented television shows for the week of Aug. 12-18. The Bryan and Cena title-card matchup didn't unseat the reining social media favorite, VH1's reality show "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta," which weighed in at nearly 730,000 tweets.
August 9, 2013 |
Whither goest the sport of boxing these days? How about to a country where it was banned in 1959 and not allowed back until 1986? That would be China. This is promoter Bob Arum's grand plan. He has had many over six decades of promoting the sport, and most have worked out. Arum is the New York lawyer who promoted the first fight he saw, was Muhammad Ali's promoter, and, at age 81, has slowed down about as much as a freight train running downhill. Much is at stake, much more than usual, when Arum and his Top Rank Promotions send out superstar Manny Pacquiao against Brandon Rios in November.
May 31, 2013 |
Manny Pacquiao's promoter said Friday the Filipino superstar may never again fight in the U.S. Bob Arum's revelation emerged as he was asked about Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s bold decision to take on Mexico's star unbeaten world super-welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Sept. 14 in Las Vegas. Does that stroke by the 36-year-old Mayweather indicate he's never felt so confident in his abilities? Meaning the long-awaited Pacquiao super-fight could be back on the table next year after Pacquiao fights Oxnard's former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios on Nov. 23 in Macau, China?