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Mayweather-Maidana generates $15 million in ticket sales

Floyd Mayweather Jr Marcos Rene MaidanaBy Chris Williams: Last Saturday night’s clash between WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs) and Marcos Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) was a huge success at the gate with the fight generating a whopping $15 million with 14,859 tickets sold for their fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to Dan Rafael.

The final totals in cash generated for the rematch was precisely $14,899,150, making it the 5th highest gate in Las Vegas history.

The pay-per-view totals are still pending, but there’s been a lot of people coming out with guesses for how much made. The reality is no one knows and they’re not going to know until Showtime releases the information. Boxing fans need to sit back and stop believing everything they’re hearing from all the rumors floating around out there in cyberspace.

What you have to know is that with a fight as big a Mayweather-Maidana 2, it’s going to take a considerable amount of time for all the PPV money to be counted up before they get to the final figure. It’s possible we may never know what the grand total is, but that doesn’t mean that it didn’t bring in huge numbers.

With last Saturday’s huge gate for the Mayweather-Maidana 2 fight, Mayweather now finds himself in 4 of the top 5 spots for the largest games in Las Vegas history. The only huge gate where Mayweather wasn’t involved was back in 1999 when Evander Holyfield faced Lennox Lewis in a fight that generated a nice tidy sum of $16,860,300.

That number pales compared to the cash that the Mayweather-Canelo fight brought in last year in September in hauling in $20,003, 150. That’s some good clean cash. The second highest gate ever was the 2007 fight between Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya. That fight brought in $18,419,200. That fight also holds the record for the highest PPV sales ever at 2.4 million buys.

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