Boxing's 5 Biggest Pay-Per-View Fights of All-Time

Jorge Alarcon-SwabyCorrespondent IAugust 17, 2011

Boxing's 5 Biggest Pay-Per-View Fights of All-Time

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    Both Mike Tyson and Oscar De La Hoya are key examples of fighters who have had the luxury of being capable of bringing extra attention to every one of their major bouts and along with that racking up the big pay-per-view numbers come fight night.  

    This list consist of the five biggest PPV fights in boxing history. Both of these fighters have been part of them all. 

5. Mike Tyson vs. Peter McNeeley: 1.55 Million Buys

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    In 1995, Mike Tyson faced Peter McNeeley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and knocked McNeeley down twice in the first round to which McNeeley's corner stepped into the ring and stopped the fight right away. 

    The fight only lasted one minute and 37 seconds. 

4. Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield I: 1.59 Million Buys

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    In 1996, during one of the biggest Heavyweight fights of all time, many fans might have expected to see another one of Tyson's early knockouts, but the bout took a strong turn when Holyfield beat Tyson at his own game of being rough and a bully until eventually, Holyfield would knock Tyson out in the 11th round. 

3. Mike Tyson vs. Lennox Lewis: 1.97 Million Buys

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    In a 2002 fight that should have happened way before it did, many fans tuned in to see if Mike Tyson still had the will to upset Lennox Lewis but Lewis proved to be to much for the past prime Tyson and knocked him out in the eighth round. 

2. Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield II: 1.99 Million Buys

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    In 1997, during their rematch to their classic fight the year before, Mike Tyson did one of the most disturbing things we have seen in boxing's history.  After being extremely frustrated with Holyfield's dominance, Tyson bit off a piece of Holyfield's ear and was immediately disqualified. 

1. Floyd Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya: 2.4 Million Buys

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    In 2005, the king of PPV, Oscar de La Hoya, lost a split decision to Floyd Mayweather in a bout that become the biggest draw in the sports history. De la Hoya was clearly responsible for most of the PPV buys from that night, but the fight also marked the passing of the torch from De La Hoya to Mayweather who has now become the biggest PPV seller alongside arch rival Manny Pacquiao. 

In Conclusion

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    Although Mike Tyson was in four of the five bouts featured on this list, Oscar De La Hoya is the PPV King in boxing to this day. His total earnings inside of the ring rack up to an impressive $610.6 million in 18 fights, while Mike Tyson has racked up $545 million in 12 fights.