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Monday, December 17, 2007
Mayweather-Hatton pay-per-view a smashing success

By Dan Rafael
ESPN.com

The numbers are in, and pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather lived up to his new self-given nickname of "Money" Mayweather.

Mayweather's 10th-round knockout of England's Ricky Hatton to retain the welterweight championship Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas generated a whopping 850,000 domestic pay-per-view buys and $47 million in television revenue, HBO PPV's Mark Taffet said Monday.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and  Ricky Hatton
Floyd Mayweather, facing, and Ricky Hatton were happy doing business together.
That makes the fight the biggest pay-per-view fight in history that did not involve Oscar De La Hoya or heavyweights Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.

"Mayweather-Hatton was one of boxing's most memorable nights of the past decade and was the perfect ending to a resurgent year for the sport," Taffet said. "Also, in becoming the highest-grossing PPV fight ever in which neither a heavyweight nor a Latino superstar was featured, Mayweather-Hatton blazed a new trail, which opens new doors and bodes very well for the future."

Mayweather-Hatton, which generated 520,000 subscriptions from cable homes and 330,000 from satellite homes, was the second-biggest boxing pay-per-view fight of the year. But Mayweather was also half of the biggest one.

His decision victory against De La Hoya on May 5 generated numerous records, including 2.4 million PPV buys and $134 million in PPV revenue.

With a second blockbuster pay-per-view event this year, Mayweather earned about $50 million in purses.

The fight also capped a record-breaking year for HBO PPV, Taffet said. Its eight boxing events sold 4.8 million units and generated $255 million.

That breaks the 1999 record of 4 million buys and $200 million.

Dan Rafael covers boxing for ESPN.com.