#TBT De la Zona Norte De Tijuana, Baja California Mexico: Erik “El Terrible” Morales.
ESPN reports: The return of welterweight star Manny Pacquiao, who outpointed former lightweight titlist Brandon Rios in a lopsided decision on Nov. 23 in Macau, China, generated in the neighborhood of 500,000 pay-per-view buys, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told ESPN.com on Wednesday.
"The numbers are coming in like we expected," Arum said. "There was a little delay because of Thanksgiving, but it will be somewhere in the area of 500,000 buys. We ran all our numbers on something a little less than 500,000 but figuring we’d do around 500,000, and that’s what we’re going to wind up doing. It means 490,000 or 510,000, something like that."
The fight, the first HBO PPV card ever done outside the United States, generated approximately $30 million in domestic pay-per-view revenue. However, there are some in the boxing industry who claim the fight didn’t crack 400,000 buys.
Former P4P great Roy Jones Jr returns to the ring on December 21st, 2013. Jones will be taking on Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf (17-3-1, 8KOs) in Moscow, Russia in what Jones says is just a tune up fight in order to fight @UFC’s Anderson Silva next.
“I want to be ready for Anderson Silva in case he beats [Chris] Weidman. Silva has made it clear that if he wins, he wants me next. I’m here for him. That’s a fight that intrigues a lot of people, but I can’t fight Anderson Silva coming off such a long layoff. So I needed to get a fight first. If it wasn’t for Anderson Silva calling me out, I wouldn’t be fighting this fight.” Roy Jones Jr told @ESPN.
- During an interview with USA Today, Arum said his company was ready and willing to make a Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown, and he was waiting for someone on behalf of Mayweather to call his office.
"We’ve announced we’re willing to make anything happen. Now somebody has got to contact us so we can sit down and explore how it can happen. Isn’t that the way normal people deal? You can’t wave a wand. I’ve said unequivocally, we’re ready to sit down and see if a deal can be reached," Arum said.
- Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer responded to Arums claims earlier today and told BoxingScene.com: “… the same day you are reading on USA Today, that’s he’s willing to make a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. The same day, not a day later or a week later…but the same day - he announces that Pacquiao is going to fight on April 12th at the MGM against one of three names. All of these media members are being fooled by this idiot. They actually think he wants to put together a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. He’s using Mayweather’s name to drum up publicity of Pacquiao. When it is convenient for him, he uses Mayweather’s name.”
Adonis “Superman” Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev brought in huge ratings for @HBOboxing on Thanksgiving Day weekend.
Over 1.3 million viewers tuned in to HBO’s main event: Stvenson vs Bellew, according to Nielsen Media Research.
To get a grasp of how big of a number this is for HBO; in September of 2012, The Canelo vs Lopez card set the @Shosports boxing viewing record with 1.1 million viewers.
Top Rank’s Bob Arum tells HustleBoss.com that @HBOboxing is interested in making a double header card featuring @Brandon_Rios1 and Mike Alvarado in the spring of 2014. Arum says that if Rios and Alvarado are successful against their respective opponents on that night, that it would set up Rios vs Alvarado 3 later in 2014.
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum thinks boxing fans are eager to see Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) fight Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) again, but he’s not sure if he’ll be able to put that fight together or not for April 12th. Pacquiao hasn’t said who he wants to fight, and Arum said that it’s Pacquiao who makes the decisions on who he wants to fight.
“It’s not me who makes the decision,” Arum said to Hustleboss. “We discuss it all and see who he prefers fighting, who Freddie [Roach] wants to fight…I think it [Pacquiao-Bradley] would be an excellent fight. I think people will be interested in the fight. Whether we put it together and what Manny’s views are, I don’t know.” -@TRboxing
@50cent taking @Smspromotions and @Gamboa to the top of the boxing world one Instagram post at a time.
Hey, some promoters use press conferences and interviews… 50 just needs IG and Microsoft Paint.
@BoxingFanatik doesn’t make memes but I had to do this. Oscar and Arum must be lol’ing after seeing how 50 is going about trying to make @TeamMikeyGarcia vs @Gamboa. Even Don King must be like “WTF?”. Lol.
@50Cent taking shots at @TeamMikeyGarcia.
Personally I think Gamboa’s best days are behind him. Ever since @Gamboa ducked the @Brandon_Rios1 fight and left @TRboxing, he’s never been the same.
I think Mikey Garcia completely outclasses Gamboa and picks him apart. I’d pick Garcia to win by stoppage and end Gamboa’s career much like he did JuanMa’s.