(Photo credit: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions) Showtime vice president of Sports Stephen Espinoza doesn’t regret agreeing to have Showtime televise the rematch between WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) and Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) on September 13th, because he feels that the last fight between them was a financial success, even though Showtime never revealed what the final pay-per-view statistics were from that fight.
Espinoza says that the event was a success in terms of the money that it brought in, and that’s why he agreed to have a second fight between them televised on his network.
“We are absolutely happy with the financial performance of the May event. If it wasn’t a success, we certainly would not be doing a direct rematch four months later,” Espinoza said. “Some people think that Mayweather won the first fight comfortably, some others think that he won by a slimmer margin. I’m expecting this rematch to pick up right where the last one left off. If you look at the judges’ scorecards, they basically split the last five rounds. That’s something we don’t see in Mayweather opponents; to be competitive to the very end and to provide that much action, let alone excitement. That’s why we want to do Mayweather vs. Maidana again.”
Obviously, Espinoza thinks that a mini-goldmine will be discovered with the Mayweather vs. Maidana II fight due to the competitive nature of their previous fight. That’s got to be his whole reasoning for agreeing to televise it again. He’s got to believe that the PPV numbers will increase for the rematch, because it merely brings in the rumored 800,000 pay-per-view buys, then it’s hardly worth it for Showtime to televise the fight a second time. It’s got to do better this time for it to be worth the gamble of putting the fight together again.
The table is set for the Mayweather-Maidana 2 fight to do well on pay-per-view, given that the event is taking place on the Mexican Independence Day holiday weekend on September 13th, and there won’t be any competition on that night from other sporting events. The Mayweather rematch will be pretty much the only game in town on that night, so it should do well in theory if they can get boxing fans excited about it.
Mayweather started off well at the first part of the press tour on Monday when he came out slinging insults at Maidana left and right in New York. Mayweather didn’t do a lot of trash talking for their previous fight, and that obviously didn’t help get fans excited about the fight. Mayweather was too respectful of Maidana, and that gave the impression that he was trying to hold him up to make it more of a fight than what it appeared to be on paper.