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Pacquiao-Mosley Grabs at Least 1.2 Million PPV Buys

By Chris LaBate

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum advised the New York Times that last Saturday's fight between Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley, based on early projections, generated at least 1.2 million purchases on pay-per-view. Arum would not be surprised if the number exceeds into the realm of 1.4 or 1.5 million. The exact buyrate figure should be received by the end of the week, Arum told the paper. Pacquiao won a twelve round decision over Mosley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

If the buyrate remains at 1.2 million, there will be a heavy debate over whether or not the fight was a promotional success. On one hand, critics will point to the heavy involvement of network television with CBS airing the 360 reality series to promote the bout, and how the buyrate was no bigger than Pacquiao's last pay-per-view outing, with Antonio Margarito in November. On the other hand, others will point to Pacquiao leaving the HBO stable to make his Showtime pay-per-view debut, against an opponent who was 1-1-1 in his last three fights, and who most regarded as a huge underdog - and he still generated a very profitable pay-per-view figure.

Pacquiao's return is tentative for November 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, with Juan Manuel Marquez as the likely opponent. As reported earlier on BoxingScene.com, Marquez accepted a revised offer to face Pacquiao on the November date at a catch-weight of 144-pounds. Golden Boy Promotions has the option to match Top Rank's offer.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by WESS on 05-20-2011

[QUOTE=PennyAnd1;10569578]So put it simple. Floyd couldn't even finish off an old bum, let alone knock him down. From the way I saw it, FLoyd almost got his a$$ sent to the floor twice.[/QUOTE] Styles make fights. Not even one person…

Comment by PennyAnd1 on 05-20-2011

So put it simple. Floyd couldn't even finish off an old bum, let alone knock him down. From the way I saw it, FLoyd almost got his a$$ sent to the floor twice. [QUOTE=WESS;10559762]Way to catch up there silly goose.…

Comment by PennyAnd1 on 05-20-2011

[QUOTE=JOM'S;10569555]that's one crazy bird on your sig ... now he is cat food ... LOLZ[/QUOTE] Almost like floyd birding around Pac the cat. Sooner or later, he's bound to get eaten.

Comment by JOM'S on 05-20-2011

[QUOTE=yesir;10563165]last time i checked, 1.4>>>1.2 with a common opponent[/QUOTE] that's one crazy bird on your sig ... now he is cat food ... LOLZ

Comment by Mr. Philadel on 05-20-2011

[QUOTE=Mr. Fantastic;10519010]1.2M people who paid for this got ripped off. :rofl: Glad I went to the bar to see this sh[I]i[/I]t. It wasn't Pac's fault though, it was all Shane. Just like Clottey when he fought Pac.[/QUOTE] so Arum and…

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