I’ve been an avid fan of boxing, especially when the upcoming bouts are so exciting. The likes of Pound for Pound King Manny Pacquiao, the undefeated Floyd Mayweather, Nonito Donaire and other exciting fighters make the boxing world alive and punching. There is also business in boxing, and in every top caliber fight, I am also interested in knowing how the profit from PPV (Pay-Per-View), ticket sales and other revenue sources turn out. On Saturday, September 17 9PM ET/6PM PT at the MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr and Victor “Vicious” Ortiz will clash for the WBC welterweight world championship belt. Mayweather is known as one of boxing’s top PPV generating fighter. His bout with Oscar De La Hoya on May 5, 2007 was considered the biggest-selling non-heavyweight title fight, with over $120 million in generated revenue. On Saturday night’s bout, everybody is expecting another rich and lucrative fight. Although Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs) has been in a long 16-month layoff, the skilled and flamboyant boxer has declared that he has already totally removed his ring-rust and now ready to claim the WBC belt from the current WBC welterweight champion, Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs).
Who will win?
Ortiz is making his first defense after capturing the world title from the previously-unbeaten Andre Berto in an all-out-war and fight-of-the year candidate clash last April 16 of this year. The question now is can Ortiz become the first ever man to give Mayweather his first taste of defeat? Will the young warrior and pugilist Ortiz overcome the talented and gifted boxer Mayweather? I’m not rooting for any of them, but only wish a truly great battle that will make your money worth to watch the fight. This event is also a business that needs marketing. That is why HBO is promoting the fight and creating enough hype by featuring both fighters in an installment of the award-winning sports reality series 14/7 on HBO.
Undercard and co-feature figts
The Mayweather vs. Ortiz clash, an event titled the “Star Power”, is not only the fight that is awaited by many boxing fanatics. The event featured by HBO is also packed with exciting undercards. In the televised undercard bouts are Five-Time and Three-Division World Champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales (51-7) vs. undefeated Mexican Pablo Cesar Cano (22-0-1) for the WBC junior welterweight title fight and Jessie Vargas (16-0) vs. Josesito Lopez (29-3), a junior welterweight bout. Also in the evening’s co-feature, HBO’s live feed will switch over to the Staples Center in Los Angeles where Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (37-0-1) will be defending his WBC Jr. Middleweight Championship against Alfonso Gomez (23-4-2).
So who’s your bet to win? Did you make your own predictions? Tomorrow, I will be posting the results of this event and each exciting fight. I will also be sharing the outcome of the revenues generated from Pay-per-view, ticket sales and even the paycheck that will be earned by the fighters. It will be a great day again for the boxing world and the economy on Saturday. So stay tuned!
-Floyd Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs) to claim the WBC welterweight championship crown
-WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (38-0-1, 28 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO against Alfonso Gomez (23-5-2, 12 KOs)
-Erik Morales (52-7, 36 KOs) becomes the first Mexican fighter to claim world titles in four weight divisions by defeating previously unbeaten late sub Pablo Cesar Cano (23-1-1, 18 KOs) via 10th round TKO to claim the vacant WBC super lightweight championship
-Undefeated Jessie Vargas (17-0, 9 KOs) won a ten round split decision over Josesito Lopez (29-4, 17 KOs)