Wednesday, May 9, 2012
May-Cotto cracks top 10 gates
By Dan Rafael
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has lived up to his "Money" nickname again.
Besides his record guaranteed purse of $32 million for his victory against Miguel Cotto (who made a career-best $8 million minimum) in their junior middleweight title bout last Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (which, by the way, will be replayed on HBO at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT on Saturday if you somehow missed it), he and Cotto also generated one of the top 10 biggest gates in Nevada -- where most of the richest fights in boxing history have taken place.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission released the gate figures on Wednesday. Mayweather-Cotto generated a live gate of $12,000,150. That figure comes from 14,612 tickets sold (and does not include the thousands who watched the fight in Las Vegas via closed circuit at other MGM properties).
There were 938 complimentary tickets given away, and 440 went unsold.
It was Mayweather's second fight that landed in the top 10. The last time he fought at junior middleweight, when he won a title from Oscar De La Hoya in 2007, the bout set the all-time record for biggest gate in Nevada and biggest gate in the history of boxing.
The pay-per-view figure for Mayweather-Cotto figures to be another 1 million-plus monster, but the number hasn't been released yet. Hopefully, it will be later this week or early next week.
Here are the top 10 boxing gates in Nevada history:
1. Mayweather-De La Hoya (2007): $18,419,200
2. Lennox Lewis-Evander Holyfield II (1999): $16,860,300
3. Manny Pacquiao-De La Hoya (2008): $14,380,300
4. Holyfield-Mike Tyson II (1997): $14,277,200
5. Holyfield-Tyson I (1996): $14,150,700
6. Tyson-McNeeley (1995): $13,965,600
7. Felix Trinidad-De La Hoya (1999): $12,949,500
8. Bernard Hopkins-De La Hoya (2004): $12,782,650
9. Mayweather-Cotto (2012): $12,000,150
10. Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez III (2011): $11,648,300
For a little fun, let's compare gate figures for boxing and MMA in Nevada. The No. 1 MMA gate was the $5,397,300 generated by Chuck Liddell's second fight with Tito Ortiz in 2006. That doesn't even register on the boxing list.
The official list Nevada provides only runs 35 deep, and the No. 35 boxing gate was $6,239,050 for Larry Holmes' heavyweight title defense against Gerry Cooney in 1982.