QUOTE (Fitz @ Mar 24 2010, 01:38 AM)
I get what you are saying hype, and can't say you are entirely wrong, I'm just not sure what to chalk the big PPV numbers to.
I am just thinking if Tyson-Lewis was done in this day and age (not how they are right now, but how they were then), on what kind of numbers they would produce. Just those two alone I think would sell more than DLH-Mayweather, but the only thing I can chalk it up to is 24/7.
Not sure how they PPV fights in the states as well, but I read that they do rebates and discounts for PPV's when you buy beer or something? Maybe just as a whole, they promote better.
I have nothing to back up what I am saying, which is why I can accept what you are saying as well and I agree with some of it. I just can't imagine Tyson-Lewis doing less than some of those other fights today.
Actually...I don't know man...I think there's a good chance that, even with 24/7, Tyson vs. Lewis MIGHT have done less than De La Hoya vs. Mayweather. I mean, if you think about it, De La Hoya has ALWAYS been an uber draw himself...maybe not quite as big as Tyson, but nearly just as big. Tyson-Lewis nearly did 2 million itself, but I think, in large part, that was due more to the big scuffle that he and Lewis had, which generated a lot more interest in the fight. Lewis wasn't exactly a guy that American fans flocked to their TV set to watch and, at the time, the heavyweight division was slowly starting to die. Tyson himself was coming off of some so-so and weird performances against the likes of Lou Savarese, Andrew Golota and Brian Nielsen...not exactly the string of opponents that get you amped to see a "BIG" clash against Lewis, who was coming off of his own issues against Rahman. I think people buy whatever they perceive to be a "BIG" fight and I think a lot of people simply thought that De La Hoya vs. Mayweather was the "CAN'T MISS FIGHT OF THE DECADE" because that's how they billed it. Truth be told, had Tyson fought Holyfield a third time instead of Lennox Lewis, I think THAT would have probably generated more than 2 million buys WITHOUT any 24/7 series to support. Again, don't get me wrong, I'm sure it would have added an extra 100,000 or so more eyes to the event, but I just don't think it would have pushed the numbers through the roof. Like I said, if it's perceived to be a big fight, people will buy it without some mini-documentary to promote. Case in point, right now they could make Tyson vs. Holyfield 3 and it would STILL probably generate 1-1.5 million buys. Why? Because to the INFIDELS, that's a bigger heavyweight fight than say Klitscho vs. Povetkin. No 24/7 series is going to make people want to buy Klitscho vs. Povetkin more than Tyson vs. Holyfield 3.
As for the PPV of Pacquiao vs. Clottey, hey, I think you just gotta give credit to Manny Pacquiao, who actually has turned into a decent PPV draw. I do think the fact that some people...no...scratch that...A LOT of people actually thought Clottey was going to be a threat or a challenge to Pacquiao, so I think that helped with those numbers in a lot of ways. Not to mention, I think some people were even tuning in out of curiosity for the pageantry of the event taking place at Cowboys Stadium. But I give Manny his props...he's a PPV draw...just as Floyd Mayweather is a PPV draw. Neither one of them will ever be as big of a draw as Tyson or De La Hoya, but in this day and age, those are the two biggest PPV draws that are out there and I think because there IS a lack of other stars out there, people are going to tune in to watch both of those guys fight for whatever reason. Simply put, because those are the two biggest names in boxing, people are going to pay to watch them fight, so I think, no matter the opponent, those guys will continue to generate PPV numbers that exceed 500,000...NO MATTER THE OPPONENT. There's just simply no other competition. Really, if you think about it, HBO is probably much better off by NOT having those two fight each other. The longer they prolong that fight, the more money they can rake in through other fights because the minute that they do fight, whoever loses is probably going to take a serious hit depending on how the fight plays out. LOL.