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Mayweather-Cotto to air on HBO PPV

Boxer Floyd Mayweather talks to a referee as

Boxer Floyd Mayweather talks to a referee as he watches the Los Angeles Clippers' NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls. (Dec. 30, 2011) Credit: AP

Here’s a classic from Floyd Mayweather: “I’m not an HBO fighter, I’m a pay-per-view fighter”. Love him or hate him, he speaks the truth. Mayweather is a major draw no matter who he is fighting. Mayweather will once again get a chance add to his PPV history on May 5 when he takes on Miguel Cotto in a 154-pound bout.

The fight will broadcast on HBO PPV, the premium cable giant announced on Thursday.

Mayweather supporters need not worry about the fight not reaching financial expectations, because Cotto has a large following. Some industry insiders expect the bout to land somewhere in the 1.4 to 1.5 million-buy range.

Here’s a look at Mayweather’s PPV history:

Mayweather vs. Arturo Gatti - 365,000 buys = $16.5 million revenue
Mayweather vs. Zab Judah - 375,000 buys = $16.8 million revenue
Mayweather vs. Carlos Baldomir - 325,000 buys = $16.3 million revenue
Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya - 2.4 million buys = $136.6 million revenue
Mayweather vs. Ricky Hatton - 920,000 buys = $50 million revenue
Mayweather vs. Juan Manuel Marquez - 1 million buys = $52 million revenue
Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley - 1.4 million buys = $78.3 million revenue
Mayweather vs. Victor Ortiz – 1.25 million buys = $78.44 million revenue
 

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