Denzil Stone – Atlantic City
The numbers are in… fight fans have been waiting six weeks since Saturday, September 17 for the official figures for the pay per view purchases that the Star Power event headlined by Floyd Mayweather Jr and Victor Ortiz received, and that number is 1.25 million, placing it as the fifth* highest grossing non-heavyweight PPV event ever. It also generated $78,440,000 in PPV revenue.
“My motto is ‘hard work and dedication’ and I have shown this throughout my entire career, which has allowed me to go out and perform each time I step in the ring,” Mayweather (42-0-0, 26ko) said, commenting on the news. “I give the fans everything I have with the best competition and exciting fights. I must be doing something right as they keep buying my fights and I appreciate their tremendous support. It feels good to be able to generate such a great interest in the sport.”
Mayweather defeated Ortiz by way of fourth round knockout due to a one-two combination that involved a left hook and right cross, however, the move drew ire from the fans in the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas and a section of those watching around the world as it was unleashed whilst Ortiz was unawares, had his hands low and appeared confused over whether referee Joe Cortez had initiated time-in. The break, though, occurred because Ortiz had intentionally fouled Mayweather by jumping in with the crown of his head.
The Star Power card also featured a thrilling contest between a young and hungry Mexican – Pablo Cesar Cano – fighting on US canvas for the first time, providing Erik Morales with a game opponent. Both fighters left the ring cut up and bloodied, yet it was Morales who won via stoppage and became the first from his country to become a champion of four weight classes. This, on top of Saul Alvarez’s WBC super welterweight world championship defence against Alfonso Gomez which was broadcast on a big screen in the MGM Grand, as it was staged in Los Angeles, but packaged as part of Star Power
CEO of Mayweather Promotions, Leonard Ellerbe, believes the success of the Star Power PPV proves that Mayweather is a boxing icon. He said: “Every time Floyd steps into the ring, he reminds us that he is the greatest fighter in the sport today and certainly its biggest star.
“The financial success of his fight with Victor Ortiz reinforces Floyd’s position in the sport as iconic and he should be appreciated for bringing all of this attention and good fortune to the sport. His pay-per-view success is staggering and the history books will reflect this impact.”
Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions, who helped stage the event, added: “Star Power showed again why they call him “Money” Mayweather. When it comes to pay-per-view, Floyd is clearly in a league of his own.
“Not only does he now hold the record for the top three grossing non-heavyweight pay-per-view events, but he also holds the record for the single biggest pay-per-view event of all time.
“I am excited to continue to break records with Floyd and his Money Team, because records are made to be broken!”
*The Star Power event is the fifth highest non-heavyweight pay-per-view event of all time, behind Oscar de la Hoya’s contest with Felix Trinidad (1,400,000), de la Hoya versus Floyd (2,400,000), Manny Pacquiao against Shane Mosley (1,300,000) and Mayweather and Mosley (1,300,000). Star Power is equal to the official numbers for Pacquiao and de la Hoya and Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto (both 1,250,000).
|Top May-Per-View Boxing Events
|1: Oscar de la Hoya v Floyd Mayweather
|2: Floyd Mayweather v Shane Mosley
|3: Victor Ortiz v Floyd Mayweather||1,250,000|
|4: Floyd Mayweather v Juan Manuel Marquez
|5: Floyd Mayweather v Ricky Hatton