As it turns out, Floyd Mayweather cannot, in fact, sell all by himself.
ESPN's leading boxing expert, Dan Rafael, has word on the early pay-per-view (PPV) buy estimate for his recent fight with Andre Berto, which took place this past weekend (Sat., Sept. 12, 2015) inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And, by "Money" standards, they ain't much.
PPV industry source on #MayweatherBerto numbers tells me they're very poor relatively speaking. 'Being generous is might hit 550,000 buys.'— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) September 16, 2015
In the main event itself, Mayweather defeated Berto by unanimous decision in an uninteresting affair (to watch full fight video highlights click here).
The PPV suffered from the one-two punch of being overpriced (as high as $75 for certain providers) and having an incredibly poorly-matched main event. Without the tantalizing possibility of Mayweather getting knocked out in his "final" fight, the interest just wasn't there.
Boxing's next big PPV is a clash between knockout artists Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux on Oct. 17, 2015, which is co-helmed by perhaps the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez, against consistently-exciting Brian Viloria.
It's a terrifically intriguing and well-matched card, so it will be interesting to see how its buys compare to this one.
One thing's for sure: It'll be a hell of a lot more fun than last weekend.
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