The De La Hoya/Mayweather boxing match last Saturday registered a record 2.15 million PPV buys. Eclipsing the previous mark set by the 1997 matchup of Tyson/Hollyfield (1.99 million).
Factoring in the $54.95 purchase price of the match, the fight also broke the record for largest revenue, taking in $118 million. The previous record was held by the 2002 Tyson/Lewis fight ($109 million). That fight had 1.95 million PPV buys.
“It’s satisfying to see that boxing still connects with sports fans throughout the country,” said Ross Greenburg, president of HBO Sports. “We are determined to continue to present high-profile fights that capture the public’s imagination.”
Cable subscribers accounted for 1.23 million purchases, with satellite subscribers accounting for the remaining 925,000 purchases.