The numbers are in...Juan Manuel Marquez is the biggest Mexican boxing attraction in The U.S.

Los Angeles (March 31, 2008) – Mexican fighter Juan Manuel Marquez has become the biggest Mexican attraction in the United States as a evidenced by the performance of his March 15 fight with Manny Pacquiao at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, which produced close to 400,000 Pay-Per-View buys..

The event generated over $20.2 million dollars in Pay-Per-View revenue, establishing a record for fights below the welterweight division. Marquez has now surpassed fellow Mexican fighters Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales, who also faced the Filipino idol, in the boxing history books. Once the final numbers are computed, it is likely that the magic Pay-Per-View number of 400,000 buys will be surpassed.

“I am proud to say that Juan Manuel Marquez has become the biggest Mexican boxing attraction in the United States,” said Oscar de la Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions. “The numbers for this fight are an amazing achievement for a ‘lower weight’ fighter. It’s an honor for all of us at Golden Boy Promotions to promote a fighter who is as talented, tough, charismatic and popular as Juan Manuel. While he didn’t get the decision in this historic bout, we are going to make sure he receives the recognition he deserves as Mexico’s biggest star.”

Article posted on 31.03.2008

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