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Mayweather-Marquez attracts more than 1 million pay-per-view buys

September 25, 2009 |  8:40 am


Floyd Mayweather has never been shy about his boxing skills or his ability to draw a crowd, and last Saturday's bout against Juan Manuel Marquez seems to back that up.

Mayweather's one-sided decision over Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas generated $52 million in more than 1 million pay-per-view buys, the highest-performing ppv event this year and only the fifth nonheavyweight fight to go over the million mark.

Ross Greenburg, HBO Sports president, told the Associated Press that even he was surprised by the number.

Mayweather, it seems, has lost nothing after his 21-month layoff, and Saturday's results -- in the ring and in the viewership --  can only raise already lofty expectations for a possible super-fight between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

-- Mike James

Photo: Floyd Mayweather, left, throws a punch at Juan Manuel Marquez in the seventh round of their fight last Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images.