Pay Per Second: $121,647.19/s for Star Power

Money’s Too Tight To Mention

Floyd Mayweather vs. Victor Ortiz did $78,440,000 in pay-per-view buys. This makes Star Power the second highest grossing non-heavyweight PPV of all time. It also means that Money Mayweather has played a part in the three biggest non-heavyweight pay-per-view events in the history of boxing: 1. Floyd Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya ($136,853,700), 2. Floyd Mayweather vs. Ortiz ($78,440,000 million) and 3. Floyd Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley ($78,330,000 million). Add $9,000,000.00 on the live gate & we’re talking $87,440,000.00 as a price tag on Star Power.

If you’re thinking that $87,440,000 was a lot to pay for 11 minutes & 59 seconds (that’s $121,647.19 per second of

Tyson vs Spinks

Tyson vs Spinks: Blink & You're Down 8 Figures. Photograph courtesy

action) try Mike Tyson‘s 91 second blowout of the previously undefeated & un-floored Michael Spinks which grossed $70,000,000.00 (or $769,230.77 per second) in 1988 dollars. Adjusted for inflation that’s around $1,587,412.10 per second or over 13 times the price per second of Star Power.

Then again; that lofty price/rate secured seeing one of the sport’s greatest ever punchers in his absolute prime brutalizing a very capable opponent whilst at the height of his pugilistic powers. Mayweather vs Ortiz is unlikely to be remembered with anywhere near the fondness or professional esteem as 1988’s “Once & For All” promotion.

Tyson’s purse was $20 million (which was $41.2 million in 2011 or 28.6% of the gross) and Spinks took home $13.5 million (which was $27.8 million in 2011 or 19.3% of the fight’s gross)

Floyd Mayweather took up to $40 million (up to 45.7% of the gross) for his participation in Star Power with Victor Ortiz netting a relatively miserly $2 million (2.3% of gross).

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