For those of you who say boxing is dead, boxing sucks, stop talking about boxing, boxing ate my baby etc, take a look at the numbers on De La Hoya vs Mayweather:
The event grossed $165 million overall including pay-per-view, live gate ($18.4 million), closed circuit TV ($1.4 million), sports bar and restaurant rights fees ($4.6 million), and undisclosed merchandise and TV rights fees. To put that number in perspective, Zuffa is believed to have grossed $190 million total last year.
So with one fight, boxing grossed 25 million less than the UFC grossed in an entire year. Yeah, De La Hoya / Mayweather was an anomaly, but it still goes to show you the kind of numbers boxing can draw when they aren’t busy shooting themselves in the foot.