Mosley vs. Mora will be over 100,000 PPV buys
By Dan Ambrose: Dan Rafael of ESPN is reporting that last Saturday nights’ bout between Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KO’s) and Sergio Mora (22-1-1, 6 KO’s) will bringing in over 100,000 pay per view buys. Although the official PPV tallies are still not in, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer told Rafael that the PPV numbers will be over 100,000. Obviously, those are very low numbers when you compare the mega stars like Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao, who are bringing in up to 1.4 million PPV buys recently.
Mosley has himself to blame for the low PPV numbers, because despite having an extraordinary undercard with guys like Saul Alvarez vs. Carlos Baldomir, Daniel Ponce De Leon vs. Antonio Escalante, Victor Ortiz vs. Vivian Harris, and Frankie Gomez vs. Ricardo Calazada, the card still didn’t bring in more than a predicted 100,000 PPV buys.
That just shows you that Mosley’s choice of Mora backfired on him, because it’s the main event that draws most of the fans and this main event was really lacking. Mosley had to settle for a 12 round draw, as he struggled badly to land his shots against the bigger, slicker, younger and faster Mora.
It’s hard to imagine that Mosley couldn’t find someone else that was more popular and who had a style that was more suited towards his. If nothing else, Mosley should have fought someone that was at least hittable. If he was going to fight on a card that resulted in poor PPV numbers, then he should have picked a more stationary opponent than Mora.
I could see going into this fight that it wasn’t going to bring in huge PPV numbers simply because Mora isn’t a popular fighter and Mosley isn’t a huge enough name to bring in massive amounts of fans on his own. He needs help for his fights to be huge. I think Golden Boy Promotions might have been fooled by Mosley’s huge1.4 million buys his fight with Floyd Maweather Jr. did in May. Those numbers were largely because of Mayweather, boxing’s cash cow. Mosley is a big name but he’s not big enough to draw huge PPV numbers when he’s matched against an obscure fighter.