Mayweather-De La Hoya Sets New Pay Per View Records

By Francis Walker
Updated: May 11, 2007

NEW YORK — 2.15 million pay per view orders at $54.95 a pop for “De La Hoya vs. Mayweather: The World Awaits,” were distributed to satellite and cable subscribers.

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (38-0, 24 KOs) remained undefeated following a 12-round split decision over Oscar De La Hoya (38-5, 30 KOs) win the WBC super welterweight championship on May 4, at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, NV.

With 2.15 million buys, “De La Hoya vs. Mayweather: The World Awaits” surpassed the previous record for the highest-grossing event in boxing pay per view history when Lennox Lewis’ world heavyweight title fight with Mike Tyson accumulated $107 million from 1.95 million buys in the USA.

“I’m pleased that boxing fans responded to this fight the way they did and the success of this event is something that the sport needed,” said De La Hoya, the President of Golden Boy Promotions, in recent statement.”Floyd and I fought our hearts out and when the big names in the sport step up to the plate to fight each other, boxing and the fans benefit.”

De La Hoya vs. Mayweather could easily surpass the $150 million mark once international revenue is been tallied. The event was shown in 176 different countries throughout the world.

The fight also set a new Nevada live gate record of more than $19 million. Ticket prices skyrocketed from as little as $1,000 to more than $25,000 on fight night.

It also broke a closed circuit record with over 2,000 locations in the United States and a new Las Vegas record was set, as 28,000 seats to watch the fight on Closed Circuit were sold.

De La Hoya, who promoted the bout through his four-year-old company Golden Boy Promotions, could easily become the all-time leading draw in boxing history — surpassing Tyson and Evander Hoyfield. De La Hoya has generated more than $600 million in pay per view revenue, more than 12.5 million pay per view buys throughout his boxing career.

De La Hoya will earn at least $30 million. Mayweather has been guaranteed at least $10 million.

De La Hoya vs. Mayweather broke records, as both fighters elevated brought their future Hall of Fame careers to a higher level. But did the fight, which made Mayweather boxing’s newest mainstream attraction, really live up to his hype?

Mayweather vs. De La Hoya Revisited

Wearing a sombrero and the colors of the Mexican flag, Mayweather boxed in what easily was rthe biggest fight of his life. The 30-year-old from Grand Rapids, was simply faster, slicker, and remained one-step ahead of De La Hoya, 34, Los Angeles , CA. Mayweather used his speed to block, slip, counter, and land punches.

Mayweather beat De La Hoya on two of the three judges at ringside scorecards 116-112 and 115-113. De La Hoya was ahead 115-113 on the third. However, De La Hoya narrowly missed the fight being ruled a draw after one of the three ringside judges scored the bout for Mayweather.

Mayweather was ahead on BASN’s scorecard 115-113.

The bout boiled down to Mayweather’s speed and precision against De La Hoya’s flurries. Oscar tried to make a fight out of it by throwing flurries and pressing Mayweather against the ropes.

Many of De La Hoya’s punches hit Mayweather’s gloves, elbows, and shoulders. De La Hoya couldn’t catch Mayweather flush. However, the slick and younger fighter slipped punches and countered effectively.

It was hyped as the fight that would save boxing. Mayweather vs. De La Hoya didn’t remind fans of the wars between Hagler-Hearns, Ali-Foreman, Ali-Frazier, Chavez-Taylor, Lopez-Alvarez, Lewis-Klitschko, Gatti-Ward I, II, & III, and trilogies such as Barrera-Morales, Holyfield-Bowe, Pacquiao-Morales, or even the two-fight series between Corrales-Castillo.

To clash with De La Hoya on Cinco De Mayo, Mayweather ceased the opportunity to market himself to boxing’s strongly supportive Latino Community. Mayweather, who entered the ring wearing Mexican colors, knew that a victory against “The Golden Boy” would make him a mainstream star.

“Oscar was tough,” Mayweather said. “I said it would be easy work and I made it easy work.”

Mayweather quickly established a rhythm with his left jab in the opening round. The taller 5-foot-10 De La Hoya looked to get inside of his 5-foot-7 challenger, closing the distance using flurries. De La Hoya was very effective when he fought behind his left jab, but for some reason abandoned perhaps his most important asset.

“It wasn’t the big night of my jab,” De La Hoya said afterward. “I could tell when I threw it, it would snap his head back and it was working, but I just couldn’t throw it. So it wasn’t the best night for my jab.”

De La Hoya did try to make it a fight, but Mayweather was too slick, too illusive, and his punches reached De La Hoya cleanly and more accurately. De La Hoya threw more punches. He threw 587 total punches overall, but Mayweather landed more. He connected on 207 of 487 punches thrown. Mayweather also out-landed De La Hoya 138-82 in power punches.

The flurries that De La Hoya threw and landed effectively in some of the biggest victories of his career against Pernell Whitaker, Ike Quartey Miguel Angel Gonzalez, Felix Sturm, Hector Camacho, and Oba Carr, may have stopped Fernando Vargas and Ricardo Mayorga. Against Mayweather, those flurries bounced simply bounced of his gloves and shoulders.

Mayweather has said that this was the final fight of his career, which is strongly doubted by many. He’ll be back and so will Oscar.

Mayweather-De La Hoya To Be Rebroadcast on HBO

For those that didn’t cough-up $54.95 for the fight, HBO Sports will replay the main event of the HBO Pay Per View broadcast. The fight will be rebroadcast with exclusive interviews with both fighters on Saturday night, at 10 p.m. ET.