Thursday, 20 September 2012 18:11

Sergio Martinez vs Chavez Jr | 500-600k PPV Buys

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It wasn't Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez but Sergio Martinez vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr far surpassed pay-per-view (PPV) expectations.

Manny Pacquiao's 2010 title defense against Antonio Margarito received 1.15 million buys and his ensuing bouts with boxing legends Shane Mosley and Juan Manuel Marquez yielded 1.3 million and 1.41 million buys, respectively.

And last May, the Mayweather vs Cotto fight card generated 1.5 million pay-per-view buys.

Expected to yield only 250,000 PPV buys last weekend, Sergio Martinez vs Chavez Jr, according to Top Rank promoter Bob Arum via ESPN, garnered a whooping 500,000 to 600,000 buys.

For a fight card without a popular co-main event featuring showcasing fighters making their PPV debuts, Sergio Martinez vs Chavez Jr was a smashing box office success. 

No wonder promoters for both teams want a rematch!

But a rematch, all but certain 48 hours ago, is no longer inevitable as it was announced yesterday that the 26 year old Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.tested positive for Marijuana in his post-fight test. As a result, he may be suspended up to year could lose all or some of his hefty $3 million purse.

Martinez vs Chavez Jr purportedly drew a live gate of $3,052,475 Million USD from 16,939 tickets sales, according to Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer.

Sergio Martinez's purse was purportedly $1.4 Million USD.

Update: Martinez vs Chavez Jr yielded 475,000 PPV buys

Top 10 PPV Buys in Boxing History

  • 5-May-2007 - Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather - 2,400,000
  • 28-Jun-1997 - Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield- 1,990,000
  • 8-Jun-2002 - Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson  - 1,970,000
  • 9-Nov-1996 - Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield - 1,590,000
  • 19-Aug-1995 - Mike Tyson vs. Peter McNeeley - 1,550,000
  • 5-May-2012 - Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto - 1,500,000
  • 13-Nov-2011 - Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez - 1,450,000
  • 19-Apr-1991 - Evander Holyfield vs. George Foreman - 1,400,000
  • 18-Sep-1999 - Oscar De La Hoya vs. Félix Trinidad - 1,400,000
  • 1-May-2010 - Floyd Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley - 1,400,000 
Leroy Cleveland

Lee is Managing Editor of, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.