By Mark Vester
According to a report in USA Today , last Saturday's bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez was not a sold out event and it performed below expectations with the live gate at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The gate generated a total of $6,811,300. The total attendance was 13,116. Only 12,009 of those tickets were sold at face value, 895 were comps and 2,645 went unsold. It was Mayweather's first fight in nearly two years. He dominated Marquez to pick up a twelve round decision.
That has to be considered a disappointment. Golden Boy Promotions promoted this show very heavy and cut no corners. There was a heavy push from HBO with a well promoted 24/7 series. It was originally on for July and pushed back to September after Mayweather suffered a rib injury in training. In comparison, the November 14 event with Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto has been sold out months in advance.
There is still no official word on the Mayweather-Marquez pay-per-view sales. Rumors are running wild; with buy numbers ranging from 500,000 to 1.6 million. The official numbers are expected to be announced this week.
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