Is Floyd Mayweather Jr really a PPV Draw? HBO Vice President Speaks Out! By Johnny Benz (Oct 6, 2009) DoghouseBoxing
In a recent interview with Mark Taffet, the Senior Vice President of HBO Sports, conducted by Lem Satterfield for AOL's fanhouse.com, Taffet spoke on many subjects. One of the subjects Taffet spoke out on was Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Taffet, who is highly respected in the Boxing world, was asked by the publication if Floyd Mayweather Jr. was considered a pay per view draw?
Not only did Taffet state that Mayweather Jr. was indeed a PPV draw, he also gave strong reasoning as to why. Taffet stated to the publication: "Floyd Mayweather is bona-fide superstar in the ring and out of the ring. Floyd has proven to be the No. 1 attraction in urban markets across America, and, over the past few years, Floyd Mayweather is also a major attraction across all demographics."
Taffet went on to explain how the facts spoke for themeselves, stating that Mayweather Jr. had been part of the biggest fights in the history of the sport. Such as fights like Oscar De La Hoya vs Mayweather Jr., which Taffet states generated a whopping 2.4 million buys. Taffet also stated that Mayweather Jr's recent fight with Juan Manuel Marquez did over one million buys. That fight became only the 5th non-heayweight title fight to hit over 1 million buys.
Mayweather Jr. also did very impressive numbers when he fought against Ricky Hatton. Taffet tells the publication: "Floyd Mayweather also generated 920,000 buys against Ricky Hatton in 2007. Mayweather clearly has proven his star status by generating the kinds of pay per view numbers that very few men in the history of the sport have ever generated."