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Largest Boxing Pay Per Views of All Time

Updated on April 23, 2016

Boxing's Best

Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield 2 ended when Tyson bit Holyfield on the ear for the second time.Evander Holyfield beat Tyson twice in title bouts.
Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield 2 ended when Tyson bit Holyfield on the ear for the second time.Evander Holyfield beat Tyson twice in title bouts. | Source
Floyd Mayweather vs Oscar De La Hoya is the largest grossing PPV in boxing history. Mayweather won a close split decision in 12 rounds and he captured the Jr. Middleweight belt in the process.
Floyd Mayweather vs Oscar De La Hoya is the largest grossing PPV in boxing history. Mayweather won a close split decision in 12 rounds and he captured the Jr. Middleweight belt in the process. | Source
Floyd Mayweather vs Miguel Cotto was a very competitive bout in which Money Mayweather fought hard to earn a close unanimous n
Floyd Mayweather vs Miguel Cotto was a very competitive bout in which Money Mayweather fought hard to earn a close unanimous n | Source
Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson took place in Memphis, Tennessee and Lewis knocked Tyson out in the 8th round. Tyson was past his best but tried hard.
Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson took place in Memphis, Tennessee and Lewis knocked Tyson out in the 8th round. Tyson was past his best but tried hard. | Source
Manny Pacquiao vs Ricky Hatton was a short, brutal fight. Pacman knocked Hatton down twice in round one and finished him off in the second stanza with a devastating left hand.
Manny Pacquiao vs Ricky Hatton was a short, brutal fight. Pacman knocked Hatton down twice in round one and finished him off in the second stanza with a devastating left hand. | Source

Boxing's Biggest Draws

1. Floyd Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya (2007): The fight generated 2.4 million buys and Mayweather won a decision in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bout was closely contested and Mayweather won a 12 round split decision. Mayweather seemed to get better as the bout wore on and Oscar seemed to slow down. The bout was extremely close with Oscar scoring solid jabs early on but Mayweather seemed to find a home for lead rights to squeeze out a close win.

2. Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II (1997): The fight sold to 1.99 million homes. Holyfield won by third round disqualification when Tyson bit his ear twice in Nevada and tried to break his arm. It was a horrible night for the sport and Tyson was suspended and fined. Holyfield was clearly on his way to another dominant win win Tyson began to cheat. A potential great fight that was marred by Tyson's despicable actions.

3. Mike Tyson vs. Lennox Lewis (2002): The bout generated 1.95 million buys. Lewis won by eighth round knockout in Memphis, Tennessee. Tyson was knocked out with blood coming from both eyes and both sides of his nose. Tyson was far past his prime but still swung for the fences for several rounds before tiring out. Lewis was a power puncher and he landed all night long on Tyson's face which just proves how good Tyson's beard is.

4. Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson (1996): The match sold to 1.59 million households. Holyfield won the fight in Vegas by eleventh round technical knockout. Tyson was also dropped in the fifth stanza. Other than one or maybe two rounds Holyfield completely dismantled Mike Tyson. I was conflicted as I sat down to watch this bout because my two favorite boxers ever are Mike Tyson and "The Real Deal".

5. Mike Tyson vs. Peter McNeeley (1995): The fight sold to 1.55 million homes and it was Tyson's first fight in over three years. Tyson won by first round disqualification. McNeely's corner entered the ring while their boxer was getting pummeled prompting the DQ. Cable providers gave partial refunds to homes including mine for the bogus match.It is a shame the bout ended

6. Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez III (2011): The fight did 1.45 million pay per view sales and took place in Las Vegas. Pacquiao won a close decision. The decision was disputed hotly and the match was extremely close throughout. Pacman landed huge strait lefts but Marquez also countered lots of them with his own big right hands.

7. Floyd Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley (2010): The fight sold to 1.4 million homes and took place in Nevada. Mayweather won a clear cut decision. Mayweather was wobbled in the second round but rallied to dominate Mosley in rounds three through twelve. Twice Mayweather was staggered in the second but like a true champion he recovered and gave Mosley a boxing lesson.

8. Felix Trinidad vs. Oscar De La Hoya (1999): The match sold to 1.4 million homes to tie the Mayweather and Mosley fight. Trinidad won a very close decision in Vegas. The fight was boring as both boxers fought a very cautious, one punch at a time fight.

9. George Foreman vs. Evander Holyfield (1991): The fight sold 1.4 million pay per views to tie it with the above two bouts. Holyfield won a 12 round decision in New Jersey. It was a great fight and round 7 was voted as around of the Year.

10. Mike Tyson vs. Frank Bruno II (1996): This fight sold to 1.37 million homes. Tyson knocked out Bruno in the third round to reclaim his title in Vegas. Iron Mike controlled the action from the start as Bruno looked tight and scared. Bruno landed nothing of consequence but Tyson landed lefts and rights to the head and body until Frank Bruno gave in.

11. Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley (2011): The match sold to 1.34 million houses and was contested in Nevada. Pacquiao won a twelve round decision. It was a dull bout as Mosley basically ran, held and refused to engage Pacquiao.

12. Floyd Mayweather vs. Victor Ortiz (2011): The bout sold to 1.25 million homes and was contested in Nevada. Mayweather won by fourth round knockout after being head butted in the face twice first. Money Mayweather controlled every second of the contest and then ended the bout with a huge left hook followed by an even more destructive right hand.

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The Battle of The Ages: 1991

Evander Holyfield
George Foreman
Azumah Nelson
Riddick Bowe
Jeff Fenech
Tommy Morrison
 
 
 
 
 
 
Six of the more famous participants that night in 91 when Evander Holyfield beat George Foreman indefense of his heavyweight world championship.

A Final Word About Pay Per Views

Pay per view events hurt boxing plain and simple. I love boxing but in order for boxing to be more than a niche sport and to make its way back to being mainstream it needs to get back on network television and even more so on basic cable. It's hard for fighters to box on network television if pay per view is paying them lots more though. Having said all of that I'm a boxing freak who watches every bout and if it's not aired on television or pay per view I'll watch it in its entirety on you tube or you stream.

Location of Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield

© 2012 Buster Johnson

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