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LAS VEGAS - Oscar de la Hoya's WBC super welterweight bout with Floyd Mayweather generated revenue of $120 million (about R829,7 million) from US pay-per-view television, earning a record $45 million (about R311 million) purse for De la Hoya.
A total of 2,15 million households in the US paid $54,95 (about R397) for the fight, which a person close to the organisers said was worth $45 million for De la Hoya and just over $20 million (R138,2 million) for Mayweather. That person requested anonymity because the promoters did not want official figures released.
The $45 million would be the biggest purse paid to a fighter, higher than the $35 million purses Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield were reportedly paid for their second heavyweight bout, the infamous "Bite Fight" when Tyson bit Holyfield's ear.
Mayweather beat De la Hoya on a split decision on Saturday night in an entertaining fight that drew a record live gate of $19 million (about R131,3 million) at the MGM Grand Garden arena in Las Vegas.
US cable channel HBO produced the bout through its pay-per-view arm and Ross Greenburg, head of HBO Sports, credited the success of the network's "24-7" reality show that ran in a coveted Sunday night slot for three weeks leading up to the fight with helping sell the bout.
Mayweather and his dysfunctional family, including his estranged father, Floyd senior, became the stars of the show, allowing non-boxing fans a glimpse into the life of the fighter. -Sapa-APl More boxing reports on page 50lMore boxing reports on page 50