Last Saturday’s light heavyweight boxing fight between Roy Jones Jr. and Felix Trinidad at Madison Square Garden drew a surprisingly strong 500,000 pay-per-view buys.
The January 19th fight which saw (stop reading if you haven’t watched the fight yet) Roy Jones notch a unanimous 12-round decision, generated $25 million for cable and satellite operators and HBO’s HBO PPV arm, which distributed the event (promoted by Don King).
In terms of historical context for Jones, this was his second-biggest PPV performance, slightly below the 604,000 buys he generated during his March 2003 match against then heavyweight champion John Ruiz.
“The fight’s buys exceeded all but two fights in 2007, which was a record year for HBO,” said Mark Taffet, senior vice president of sports operations for HBO. “It was an entertaining fight in the ring so the fans got their money’s worth.”