|Pacquiao and Boxing #1 for Top 10 PPVs of '08 but UFC Dominates
By Johnny Benz, DoghouseBoxing.com (Dec 13, 2008) Photo © German Villasenor
With this year finally coming to a close, what is the top 10 Pay-Per-views of the year? Well the top spot is taken by this past Saturday's Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao.
Although the number one PPV was Boxing, it was the UFC that did well overall, notching 6 top Pay-Per-Views out of a possible 10. WrestleMania which featured Floyd Mayweather Jr. also did very well, taking 3rd place. Boxing didn't really do so hot. Only two PPV made the top 10 list for boxing.
Yahoo.com has published the top 10 PPV for 2008. Below you will find from first place to tenth place, the top 10 PPVs. Each listing tells you the date of the fight and the PPV numbers the event brought in.
Top 10 North American PPV buy rates, 2008
1. Boxing: Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao, Dec. 6, PPV #: 1,250,000
2. UFC: Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Couture, Nov. 15, PPV #: 1,010,000
3. Wrestling: WrestleMania, Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Paul “Big Show” Wight, March 30, PPV #: 670,000
4. UFC: Georges St. Pierre vs. Jon Fitch/Lesnar vs. Heath Herring, Aug. 9, PPV #: 625,000
5. UFC: Lesnar vs. Frank Mir, Feb. 2, PPV #: 600,000
6. UFC: Quinton Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin, July 5, PPV #: 540,000
7. UFC: St. Pierre vs. Matt Serra, April 19, PPV #: 530,000
8. Boxing: Felix Trinidad vs. Roy Jones Jr., Jan. 19, PPV #: 500,000
9. UFC: Chuck Liddell vs. Rashad Evans, Sept. 6, PPV #: 480,000
10. UFC: B.J. Penn vs. Sean Sherk/Tito Ortiz vs. Lyoto Machida, May 24, PPV #: 475,000.
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