Stephen Espinoza, executive vice-president and general manager of Showtime Sports, told this newspaper Friday morning that stories speculating that this past Saturday’s Showtime pay-per-view presentation of the welterweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero at MGM Grand in Las Vegas did not do well and that Showtime lost money, are false.
“Numbers are still coming in, but we’ve got enough of the report that we are confident in saying we will be over 1 million buys,” Espinoza said. “Not sure how much yet, a lot of that will be determined over the next few weeks.”
Espinoza said Mayweather generating that many buys against a fighter who is not quite a huge name, is even more impressive.
“Without having a very well-known opponent, it really is a testament to Floyd’s drawing power,” Espinoza said.
Espinoza was asked about the scuttlebutt that Showtime lost money.
“There are some numbers out there floating around that we had to do X or Y in order to break even,” he said. “No idea where they came from. … But we are very happy with the result of over a millon buys. And the rumors of our financial demise are greatly exaggerated, if not completely untrue.
“No one realy has any basis for writing about that break-even point because that is something only we know.”
Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions – which helps Mayweather promote his fights – is now working on a Mayweather-Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight for Sept. 14 at MGM Grand.
Espinoza said if that fight gets made, the promotion would likely include even more platforms than were used for Mayweather-Guerrero, which utilized Showtime’s parent company – CBS.
“It would certainly be adjusted to include more of the Spanish-language production,” Espinoza said.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission reports the live gate for this past Saturday’s Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero welterweight title fight did a live gate of $9,922,350.
That’s good, but that ranks as only the 16th best gate in Nevada history.
What’s No. 1? Oscar De La Hoya’s junior middleweight title fight against Mayweather in May 2007. That did $18,419,200. As was Saturday’s, that fight was won by Mayweather. However, whereas Mayweather dominated Guerrero, he just got by De La Hoya via split decision.
Lucas Matthysse’s reputation as a hard-hitting fighter is well-earned – he is 33-2 with 31 knockouts. That’s a knockout ratio of 86 percent.
Lamont Peterson knows all about Matthysse, so he realizes that when he squares off with him next Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City (on Showtime), he’ll be in the fire.
“I’m not worried about Matthysse,” said Peterson, of Washington D.C. “I’ve known him for a while. He’s a strong guy. He’s going to bring it all night, pretty much the way I like it to be, and it’s going to be a great fight.
“Everyone keeps asking me about his punching power. I know what I signed up for. I realize I’m going to get hit in the face. But I will be hitting him back.”
Peterson, 29, is 31-1-1 with 16 knockouts. Matthysse is 30.
The card is being staged by Golden Boy Promotions. The co-feature will see Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KOs) of St. Louis defending his welterweight belt against Lee Purdy (20-3-1, 13 KOs) of England.
Promoter Dan Goossen tells us that Chris Arreola’s nose was broken in five places in the third round of his April 27 heavyweight title-elimination bout with Bermane Stiverne at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.
Arreola, who lost a unanimous decision, will have a procedure done on the nose next week to help with its rehabilitation.
The loss was quite a setback for Arreola, 32, who is still trying to become the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent. He challenged Vitali Klitschko for his title in September 2009 but was stopped after 10 rounds at Staples Center.
Goossen, however, believes Arreola is going to some day reach his goal.
“Is he capable of doing it?” Goossen said. “I believe he still is capable.”
Going back to the nose, Arreola bled profusely from the third round on after his nose was broken with a right cross that put him on the canvas.
“I got up in the ring afterward and throughout my years of seeing our share of blood and guts battles, there was more blood on this ring than I can ever recall seeing before, so Chris obviously lost a lot of blood,” Goossen said.
Goossen said as soon as Arreola’s nose heals, he’ll sit down with him to talk about what’s next.
A news conference will be held Thursday at American Airlines Arena in Dallas to formally announce the June 15 fight there between featherweight champion Mikey Garcia of Oxnard and former featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico.
Their bout – to be televised by HBO – will be staged by Top Rank Inc.
Garcia, 25, will be looking to make the first defense of the title he took from Orlando Salido in January. Garcia is 31-0 with 26 knockouts.
Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs) lost his title to Salido via eighth-round TKO in April 2011. Lopez tried to get it back in March 2012, but was stopped in the 10th by Salido. Lopez, 29, is 2-0 with two knockouts since then.
Floyd Mayweather’s guaranteed purse for his fight this past Saturday against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero at MGM Grand in Las Vegas was $32 million.
However, he will make considerably more than that with, among other things, pay-per-view upside.
Guerrero’s guarantee was $3 million. He, too, will get more from pay-per-view.
Mayweather retained his welterweight title with a wide unanimous decision over Guerrero.
Publicists representing Showtime took a poll with 32 boxing journalists and 28 of them are picking Floyd Mayweather Jr. to retain his welterweight title when he squares off with Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero on Saturday at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).
The four picking Guerrero are Rick Reeno of BoxingScene.com, Ryan Maquinana of Comcast SportsNet, Tim Dahlberg of the Associated Press and David Avila of the Riverside Press-Enterprise.
Yours truly is picking Mayweather by decision.
Normally, weigh-ins are very boring. Even when there are 6,500 Manny Pacquiao fans at one of his, a weigh-in is a weigh-in and not much happens. But we want to see Friday’s featuring junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia and challenger Zab Judah. The two camps have clashed twice this week at fight-promoted events, and there seems to be genuine bad blood between the sides.
The weigh-in will take place at 10 a.m. from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, site of Saturday’s fight (on Showtime). It can be viewed via satellite, YouTube, Ustream and online at sports.sho.com/live.
Lightweight champion Adrien Broner, a rapidly rising star from Cincinnati, will move up two weight classes to challenge Paulie Malignaggi for his welterweight championship June 22 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (on Showtime), Golden Boy Promotions announced Thursday.
Broner won a junior lightweight title in November 2011, then won a lightweight title this past November. It would not be surprising to soon see him atop respected pound-for-pound polls. He’s that good.
“Paulette better be in some shape,” the trash-talking Broner said. “On June 22, I will be a three-time world champion in three weight classes at just 23 years old.”
Broner is 26-0 with 22 knockouts.
The light-hitting Malignaggi, of Brooklyn, is stoked about being the main event in his hometown.
“This fight was the main motivation for winning my second world championship last year,” said Malignaggi, a former junior welterweight champion. “I wanted to be a huge main event at Barclays Center. This is a blockbuster event and I can’t wait to make a successful title defense in Brooklyn, where my roots are.”
Malignaggi, 32, is 32-4 with just seven knockouts.
Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin will make the first defense of his middleweight title Saturday when he squares off with Fernando Guerrero on the undercard of the Zab Judah-Danny Garcia junior welterweight championship fight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (on Showtime).
One might say Quillin is in love with his 160-pound division, which has always been one of the premier weight classes in boxing.
“I’m just very blessed to be part of a division that is always an attractive weight class,” said Quillin, of Grand Rapids, Mich. “The middleweights, you’ve got the speed and then you have the power. It’s like 50/50
“It’s an action-packed weight class. I just want to make sure that when I go out there, I’m adding my own part of history to that.”
Quillin, 29, is 28-0 with 20 knockouts. Guerrero is 25-1 with 19 knockouts.