One million pay-per-view buys were registered for HBO’s welterweight fight recorded last Saturday between Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez from the MGM in Las Vegas, according to HBO Sports’ bean counters.
One million protests should have been filed afterward asking for their money back.
One million buys (525,000 from cable/475,000 from satellite dish owners) represent the largest boxing pay-per-view event in 2009, generating $52 million. and generated $52 million in pay-per-view revenue.
HBO says this is only the fifth time in boxing pay-per-view history that a non-heavyweight event has attained the one million buy mark.
Know who won? We’ll avoid the spoiler alert, and you can watch it again — free, if you pay for the HBO channel — prior to Saturday’s Vitali Klitschko-Cris Arreola bout from Staples Center at 7 p.m.