QUOTE (Jack 1000 @ Sep 22 2009, 03:07 PM)
How can people think this PPV/Closed Circuit would draw big numbers when this was an HBO caliber fight in the first place? Neither guy is a puncher, and a big puncher is needed to draw casual fans, or an opposing fighter with a strong casual fan base. Neither Mayweather nor Marquez bring that to the table because they are only known to BOXING fans, not general public sports fans. And you have to have general public interest to hit the 700,000-1 million plus figures these days.
Overall, I heard that interest was lukewarm and there were more people talking about Mayweather than the UFC matches. But I think someone posted that the bars that showed both events, the crowds were more enthusiastic during the UFC PPV than the occasional interest of Mayweather-Marquez. But the action in Mayweather-Marquez may have only generated the occasional "OOOZE and AHHHHS" from die hard fight fans. How do you get that excited over a blowout?
The oohs and aahhs during the fight have nothing to do with who actually ordered the fight.
The fact is that going into Saturday, Mayweathers return to the ring was a mainstream sports story. The UFC card was not.
I am a mma fan, believe me when I tell you that no MMA fan thought it was a good card going in. Only the junkies who order them all still did. This sentiment was shared by all MMA fans apparently, if I can judge from MMA forums.
Following both events, Mayweathers return was still a mainstream sports story, with boxing fans more hyped then ever because of the future possible matchups and still no one cared about the UFC card. Not a single fight mattered, in the small or big scheme of things. Not one.
Its important to note that UFC might still bring in more PPV buys, because they have a bigger diehard fan base then Floyd does, but outside of the respective diehards, the boxing PPV won for sure.