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Mayweather-Canelo generates record numbers
Floyd Mayweather Jr. can now say he has been a part of the two highest grossing fights in boxing history. Mayweather can also say he has been in on two of the biggest pay-per-view events in boxing history.
SHOWTIME and Golden Boy Promotions announced Thursday that the Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez bout on Saturday night generated a record $150 million in television revenue and at least 2.2 million pay-per-view buys.
Mayweather (45-0) defeated Alvarez (42-1-1) by split decision (117-111, 116-112, 114-114) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The PPV buys are the second most all time, trailing the 2.4 million generated on HBO by the Mayweather-Oscar De La Hoya fight in May of 2007. The $150 million surpassed the previous record of $136 million generated by the Mayweather-De La Hoya bout.
The PPV numbers are still being calculated, which means the Mayweather-Alvarez bout could surpass the record set in 2007.
The fight also set a record in Mexico as nearly 8-out-of-10 households with a television set tuned in to watch the bout on Televisa's Channel 5, according to Golden Boy. The broadcast peaked with a national rating of 42 points (78.4 percent share, 22.6 million viewers, six million television households).