As expected, the mega combat between Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather Jr. was a resounding success in the pay per view system and became the 6th event of such best-selling in history. HBO PPV in 1.5 million households, generating a profit of $94 million.
The number of households who bought the Cotto-Mayweather PPV is only exceeded by 5 of the largest and most important pay per view events of all times. The fight of Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr. (2.5 million), the heavyweight clash between Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis (1.98 million), and the infamous second encounter with Evander Holyfield Tyson (1.98 million) occupy the top three places in the list. Fourth is the first fight Tyson-Holyfield (1.59 million), followed by Tyson's return to boxing after serving prison when he collided against Peter McNeely (1.55 million).
So it remains the Cotto-Mayweather mega combat, but could move another step up if the final numbers exceed the preliminary count.
LAS VEGAS - After beating Miguel Cotto in this city last night, Floyd Mayweather said he will rest a while before deciding his future. He clarified, however, he wants to fight again in the remainder of 2012.
"It was a tough fight, as the fans wanted to see," was the first thing that Floyd said after arriving over an hour late to the post combat podium conference that night. "Cotto is a very tough opponent, a very strong competitor. He won several rounds. "
Mayweather was generous with his opponent. During his interview praised Miguel repeatedly.
"Cotto was putting pressure. I was surprised. Who ever faces Miguel next must be ready. He is slow, but uncomfortable, "said Floyd about his rival. "My corner told me, 'hit him down you're going to soften' him. But I had to say, 'you are not seeing what I see in there. He is in great physical condition." Mayweather felt the Puerto Rican's strong punching hands.
"I never got hurt but he is a good hitter. I got connected. As you can see my face is marked, that never happens. When he hit me with some good shots I said to myself, 'this comes with the territory,' "said Mayweather. "I'm the first to face Miguel Cotto in a weight at which he is comfortable. Manny Pacquiao forced him down to 145 pounds. "
"I felt I hurt him several times. Sometimes it looked as if he was falling apart, but then he came back stronger, "continued Money Mayweather. "I gave him tremendous blows. But he left his heart in the ring fighting. He's a warrior. I congratulate him and his team." Although overflowed with cheers for Cotto, Floyd always keeps the best praise for himself;
"This time I was not the Floyd Mayweather that comes to fight in a backing up style. Most times I do but I chose to fight in front, "said the loquacious fighter. "We're in a recession. The fans have to work very hard to earn the money they spend on the 'pay per view' events. So I said, Let's give the fans a real show."
He also played his favorite subject. "Tonight I won more than $ 32 millions. That was my guaranteed minimum pay , "the man who sleeps with a million dollars in cash stored in the nightstand beside his bed. "But I'm estimating my total to be $70 to $80 million when they finish counting all the revenue."
During the conference, the head of Golden Boy Promotions, Richard Shcaefer said; 16.047 people paid to see the show in person, leaving an income of nearly $12 millions at the box office of MGM Grand Garden Arena alone. Another 11.000 people saw the fight on closed circuit in Las Vegas.
Early next month Floyd Mayweather will begin serving a sentence of 87 days in prison after pleading guilty in a case of domestic assault. Still, he said he wants to return to the ring before 2013. "Everybody knows what I have coming the first of June," said the boxer about the date of his imprisonment. "It's just another obstacle I have in front of me it will make me stronger. I will fight again before the year ends. "
Chavez Jr. :
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. , 25 , arrested Jan. 22 for allegedly driving drunk, was granted a 30-day continuance following a court hearing Friday in Los Angeles,
his manager, Billy Keane, told the public press.
Chavez faces 3 misdemeanor charges, 2 for drunk driving and 1 for driving without a valid license,
according to Keane. If found guilty, he could face up to 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Chavez (45-0-1, 31 knockouts) successfully defended his WBC middleweight belt against "El Veneno" Marco Antonio Rubio (53-6-1, 46 KO's) on Feb. 4th in San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.
From Armenia, by way of Australia, Vakhtang "Vic" Darchinyan is a 3-division World Champion, having won 8 titles in 3 different weight classes.He's a former IBF Flyweight Champion and a former undisputed WBA, WBC & IBF Super Flyweight champion.He has also captured a record of 4 IBO titles in 3 weight classes.
Trained by Angelo Hyder, he's a southpaw boxer, also him and Fenech are the only Australian 3-division champions in history!
Vic's father, Ruben Darchinyan, was a an Olympic Wrestling Coach from Armenia. Ruben's name can sometimes be seen on Vic's boxing trunks, like in his most recent boxing title challenge, at the age of 36, against Anselmo Moreno from El Martillo San Miguelito, The Republic of Panama.
Moreno was signed by Golden Boy Promotions for a 4-fight promo deal.
On May 31st 2008 he became Panama's 25th World Champion when he challenged and defeated Ukranian Wladimir Sidorenko for the WBA Bantamweight title ( 115lbs-118lbs ).
Defending his title against Darchinyan, Moreno ( at 26 years of age ) prevailed through smarts and a world class readiness!
Harmoniously judged and ruled by Jose Cobian, Steve English and Dr. James Jen-Kin, Moreno was "the victor" over the older aggressive Darchinyan, whose strategy of brutal excessiveness lacked accuracy in many rounds!
Camacho was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, but his family moved to Spanish Harlem when he was a child. He ran into trouble there as a teen, getting into fights and landing in jail at 15. He also learned boxing and karate as a teenager, and since he demonstrated talent as a boxer, he chose that sport as a career. He is the first fighter to win in seven different divisions.
While training at the LaSombra Sporting Club in New York, Camacho won three New York Golden Gloves Championships: 112 lb Sub-Novice Championship in 1978 , 118 lb Open Championship in 1979 and 119 lb Open Championship in 1980.
In 1979 Camacho defeated Paul DeVorce of the Yonkers Police Athletic League in the finals to win the title, and in 1980 Camacho defeated Tyrone Jackson in the finals to win the Championship.
After a stellar amateur career, Camacho began a quick rise through the professional rankings, first in the Featherweight and then in the Junior Lightweight division. He was so confident that he claimed he could beat World featherweight champions Salvador Sánchez and Eusebio Pedroza. However, Sanchez died when Camacho was still coming up in the ranks.
In the Junior Lightweight division, he defeated top contenders Irleis Cubanito Perez, Melvin Paul, John Montes and Refugio Rojas (Both Montes and Rojas lasted one round, and Rojas would later last seven in a world title challenge of Julio César Chávez for Chavez's world Jr. Lightweight championship).
In recent developments: Our former boxing champion Hector "Macho" Camacho has turned himself in to Florida authorities in response to a felony count of child abuse, according to a report from the Associated Press.
Our former boxing champion Hector "Macho" Camacho has turned himself in to Florida authorities in response to a felony count of child abuse, according to a report from the Associated Press.