Ever since FightHype.com reported that the September 17th clash between undefeated pound-for-pound champion Floyd Mayweather and former WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz was expected to do a minimum of 1.3 million pay-per-view buys, there's been a lot of speculation as to exactly what the official numbers really are. Although the final tally has yet to be determined, Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports and Dan Rafael of ESPN.com have both also stated that they too are being told that the number is well over 1 million. It seems that some fans, however, are more apt to believe a rumor that first began on Twitter and took of a life of it's own when a relatively unknown blogger wrote a story passing hearsay on as fact. As of this writing, FightHype.com stands by the information our source provided us in our initial report, but due to the overwhelming number of emails and tweets I've received regarding the subject, let's take a look at the timeline of events to get a better understanding of what some boxing fans choose to believe when it comes to certain fighters.
09/18/11 - Just one day after the fight, Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports stated on Twitter that he heard the event did somewhere between 1.3-1.4 million buys.
- "From what I'm hearing, Mayweather-Ortiz last night did somewhere around 1.3-1.4 million buys. Still early & that number is preliminary."
- "From what I have been told by Schaefer and HBO that is preposterous. Much higher."
- "Steve Kim is reporting that the Mayweather-Ortiz fight brought in only 850,000 PPV buys, which is rather sad given the popularity of Mayweather and all the hype and marketing that went into the Mayweather-Ortiz fight."
- "I believe it did right around a mill"
- "No, it did more than a million."
Truth be told, it won't be the first time that it took longer than expected to get word on "official" PPV numbers that may have fell. Thus far, we have still yet to hear the "official" numbers from Pacquiao vs. Mosley. In fact, despite Bob Arum saying that it too brought in 1.3 million buys, Pacquiao's most ever, Dan Rafael commented just this past Friday that, "No, there was never an 'official' announcement but Arum said he thought it could reach 1.3 million. The real number, from what I am told, is a little below that in the 1.2s, which is still tremendous." And yet, the same fans who seem to be concerned about the "official" numbers from Mayweather vs. Ortiz are no longer too concerned about getting the "official" numbers from Pacquiao vs. Mosley. Go figure!
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