Are You a Boxing Fan?

Last night I watched the “Million Dollar Baby” dvd again. I don’t know why – it’s not exactly a chick flick. But I love Clint Eastwood and have every film he ever made. So I’ve watched Eastwood films every night this week while I surfed the net or played a game or two of Spades before bed.

During a game Tuesday night Cabby had popped in to say hi. We chatted for a bit and the house is coming along great now. He should be finished with it some time this summer.

He also surprised me with a little announcement that he is thinking about coming over to the States this fall if he can get Mayweather/De La Hoya tickets. I had no idea he was a boxing fan, I guess it’s never come up in our conversations before. I learned to appreciate boxing years ago when a guy I was dating for a while took me to Vegas for a couple fights. The whole evening is an event and the air is filled with a strange mixture of excitement and testosterone. It was great.

Last year, the Mayweather and De La Hoya fight was the biggest money maker in the history of boxing. According to ESPN, that fight broke boxing box office records including:

  • total gross – $165 million
  • pay-per-view subscriptions – $2.4 million
  • pay-per-view gross – $134.4 million, and
  • live gate – $18,419,200.

It benefited from five-months of media promotion, including an 11-city cross-country tour and the HBO’s reality series “De La Hoya/Mayweather 24/7.”

So now the promoters are planning a rematch, in a venue to be determined, but the dates are going to be either September 13 or September 20. I’m not sure if Cabby was inviting me to go or if he even wants me to go, but I’m going to make tentative plans to go and if he doesn’t invite me I might just get my own tickets.

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