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Mayweather-De La Hoya match sets record

HBO scored a record 2.15 million pay-per-view buys of Saturday night’s Floyd Mayweather Jr. victory over Oscar de la Hoya in a 12-round split decision for the junior-middleweight title.

The previous record was a 1997 heavyweight bout between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield that racked up 1.99 million buys.

For the Mayweather-de la Hoya fight, 1.23 million cable subscribers and 925,000 satellite customers in the U.S. paid $54.95 apiece for a gross of $118 million.

“It’s satisfying to see that boxing still connects with sports fans throughout the country,” said Ross Greenburg, president of HBO Sports. “We are determined to continue to present high-profile fights that capture the public’s imagination.”

Leading up to the fight, HBO scheduled a four-part behind-the-scenes reality series, “De La Hoya-Mayweather 24/7,” which averaged more than 1 million total viewers.

HBO said it has scheduled a primetime replay of the bout on Saturday.

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