According to The Associated Press, last Saturday’s HBO promotion of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Juan Manuel Marquez boxing match had over 1 million pay-per-views buys, generating a whopping $52 million in revenue. The event went head-to-head with UFC 103 which featured a main event of Rich Franklin vs. Vitor Belfort, and although those official numbers aren’t in, it clearly fell short of it’s combat counterparts this weekend.
UFC president Dana White went on the offensive against Mayweather, saying on his UFC video blog that boxing was making fans pay to see Mayweather go “dancing with the stars again.”
It seems as though Mayweather and the sport of boxing have won the latest round, but keep in mind UFC 103 didn’t feature any title bouts and wasn’t one of the UFC’s better pay-per-view cards. In addition, this was just another UFC event, while the Mayweather/Marquez was one of the most anticipated bouts remaining in the sport.
The report goes on to say that UFC 103 most likely only sold a “fraction” of what the Mayweather/Marquez PPV did.