Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul Fight Reportedly Brings In 1 Million Pay Per View Buys

By: Sean Crose From Sport's Business outlet Sportico: "Showtime is projecting roughly 1 million pay-per-view buys for Sunday’s boxing match between YouTube celebrity Logan Paul and retired champion Floyd Mayweather, according to a source familiar with the numbers." That's not all. "Perhaps equally important for Showtime, Sunday was the network’s biggest day of new subscriptions since its Showtime Streaming Service launched in 2015, according to the person (source), who was granted anonymity because the numbers are private."  Let it sink in, folks. A 44 year old man and a social media kid got at least a million individuals to purchase an 8 round exhibition match between the two. Whether people approve of of novelty matches like Mayweather-Paul or not, they're clearly what the public wants. For if the above report is true, novelty boxing is not only burying other boxing pay per views, it's beating up most UFC pay per views, as well. Be ready for more. A lot more. Novelty boxing matches have been around forever. Never, though, have they been as clearly beloved as they are now. What's really amazing is the promotions aren't hiding what these fights are. No one said Mike Tyson and Roy Jones would be their old selves when they met last fall. No matter. The pay per view event they headlined brought in well over a million buys. Jake Paul's recent fight with former UFC notable Ben Askren brought in over a million buys, as well. Neither man had ever been in the ring with a professional boxer. Make no mistake about it, none of these novelty bouts will bring in the kinds of numbers fights like Mayweather-Pacquiao, Mayweather-McGregor, or even Mayweather-Canelo did back in 2013. They're still making money, though. Lots of money. They're also getting a ton of attention. Ask you coworkers if they know who Canelo is. Then ask if they're familiar with the Paul brothers. Then again, don't. The results will most likely depress you if you're a serious combat sport fan. The Paul brothers, Logan and Jake in particular, have found the key to success that fighters like Mayweather and McGregor learned before them - and that's playing the heel. People love to see the bad guy get his comeuppance, and will cough up a ton of money in the hopes of seeing it happen. Jake Paul, for instance, is at least as obnoxious as the younger versions of Mayweather and McGregor were. Thing is, he isn't nearly as good a fighter as them. Who even knows how the man would do against a top ten contender? The truth, though, is that no one seems to care. There's no denying novelty fights can be fun. Yet when they become the most successful shows in a sport that brings in talented athletes from the poorest corners of the earth they begin to become off-putting. The post Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul Fight Reportedly Brings In 1 Million Pay Per View Buys appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul Fight Reportedly Brings In 1 Million Pay Per View Buys

By: Sean Crose

From Sport's Business outlet Sportico:

"Showtime is projecting roughly 1 million pay-per-view buys for Sunday’s boxing match between YouTube celebrity Logan Paul and retired champion Floyd Mayweather, according to a source familiar with the numbers."

That's not all.

"Perhaps equally important for Showtime, Sunday was the network’s biggest day of new subscriptions since its Showtime Streaming Service launched in 2015, according to the person (source), who was granted anonymity because the numbers are private." 

Let it sink in, folks. A 44 year old man and a social media kid got at least a million individuals to purchase an 8 round exhibition match between the two. Whether people approve of of novelty matches like Mayweather-Paul or not, they're clearly what the public wants. For if the above report is true, novelty boxing is not only burying other boxing pay per views, it's beating up most UFC pay per views, as well.

Be ready for more. A lot more. Novelty boxing matches have been around forever. Never, though, have they been as clearly beloved as they are now. What's really amazing is the promotions aren't hiding what these fights are. No one said Mike Tyson and Roy Jones would be their old selves when they met last fall. No matter. The pay per view event they headlined brought in well over a million buys. Jake Paul's recent fight with former UFC notable Ben Askren brought in over a million buys, as well. Neither man had ever been in the ring with a professional boxer.

Make no mistake about it, none of these novelty bouts will bring in the kinds of numbers fights like Mayweather-Pacquiao, Mayweather-McGregor, or even Mayweather-Canelo did back in 2013. They're still making money, though. Lots of money. They're also getting a ton of attention. Ask you coworkers if they know who Canelo is. Then ask if they're familiar with the Paul brothers. Then again, don't. The results will most likely depress you if you're a serious combat sport fan.

The Paul brothers, Logan and Jake in particular, have found the key to success that fighters like Mayweather and McGregor learned before them - and that's playing the heel. People love to see the bad guy get his comeuppance, and will cough up a ton of money in the hopes of seeing it happen. Jake Paul, for instance, is at least as obnoxious as the younger versions of Mayweather and McGregor were. Thing is, he isn't nearly as good a fighter as them. Who even knows how the man would do against a top ten contender? The truth, though, is that no one seems to care.

There's no denying novelty fights can be fun. Yet when they become the most successful shows in a sport that brings in talented athletes from the poorest corners of the earth they begin to become off-putting.

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Modern Classics: Holmes-Norton

By: Sean Crose There are underrated fighters and then there are really underrated fighters. Ken Norton and Larry Holmes are vastly underrated fighters. The late Norton's name belongs aside those of his ferocious peers, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, and Ken Norton. As for Holmes, let's just say some people of note argue he, not Ali, may have been the single greatest heavyweight champion of the world. Other experts put him in the top five. Fortunately, the reputations of these two fighters are finally being elevated to their proper status. There may be a long way to go before they get the full credit they deserve, but the names of Holmes and Norton are enduring while others fade into obscurity. This has more than a little to do with their classic WBC world title bout, which was fought on June 9th, 1978 in Las Vegas. Norton, the defending champion, won his belt by default after Leon Spinks gave it away to have a rematch with Ali. To some, however, Norton probably deserved the title anyway. Although he had lost two of three bouts to Ali, it seemed to many that Norton had been a victim of Ali's popularity more than he was the man's famed skill in the ring. As for Holmes, the Pennsylvania native was the WBC's number one ranked contender at the time. By previously besting the legendary Ernie Shavers, Holmes had elevated himself to "force to be reckoned with" status. Having sparred with the likes of Ali, and Frazier certainly hadn't hurt the man's progress, either. This being the 1970's, the bout with Norton was aired live on network television. Needless to say, viewers at home got more than they could have hoped for. Ali was still the prime attraction in boxing, but Holmes and Norton went out and absolutely commanded attention. This fight was so incredibly close that at the end of 14 rounds, the match was even. Norton's incredible conditioning, coupled with an awkward stance played perfectly against Holmes' soon to be world famous jab. As for the 15th and final round, it's not hyperbole to say it was one of the best three minutes of combat in boxing's long history. The brawl went back and forth at an incredible pace until the final bell ended the 45 minutes of combat. Holmes' ended up walking away with the title by virtue of a razor thin decision, and fans ended up with an instant classic. The post Modern Classics: Holmes-Norton appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Modern Classics: Holmes-Norton

By: Sean Crose

There are underrated fighters and then there are really underrated fighters. Ken Norton and Larry Holmes are vastly underrated fighters. The late Norton's name belongs aside those of his ferocious peers, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, and Ken Norton. As for Holmes, let's just say some people of note argue he, not Ali, may have been the single greatest heavyweight champion of the world. Other experts put him in the top five. Fortunately, the reputations of these two fighters are finally being elevated to their proper status. There may be a long way to go before they get the full credit they deserve, but the names of Holmes and Norton are enduring while others fade into obscurity.

This has more than a little to do with their classic WBC world title bout, which was fought on June 9th, 1978 in Las Vegas. Norton, the defending champion, won his belt by default after Leon Spinks gave it away to have a rematch with Ali. To some, however, Norton probably deserved the title anyway. Although he had lost two of three bouts to Ali, it seemed to many that Norton had been a victim of Ali's popularity more than he was the man's famed skill in the ring.

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As for Holmes, the Pennsylvania native was the WBC's number one ranked contender at the time. By previously besting the legendary Ernie Shavers, Holmes had elevated himself to "force to be reckoned with" status. Having sparred with the likes of Ali, and Frazier certainly hadn't hurt the man's progress, either. This being the 1970's, the bout with Norton was aired live on network television. Needless to say, viewers at home got more than they could have hoped for. Ali was still the prime attraction in boxing, but Holmes and Norton went out and absolutely commanded attention.

This fight was so incredibly close that at the end of 14 rounds, the match was even. Norton's incredible conditioning, coupled with an awkward stance played perfectly against Holmes' soon to be world famous jab. As for the 15th and final round, it's not hyperbole to say it was one of the best three minutes of combat in boxing's long history. The brawl went back and forth at an incredible pace until the final bell ended the 45 minutes of combat. Holmes' ended up walking away with the title by virtue of a razor thin decision, and fans ended up with an instant classic.

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