Most observers consider Floyd Mayweather Jr., long-based in Las Vegas, to be the best pound-for-pound fighter of his generation. This was the case before and after the De La Hoya fight.
The fight, held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, generated revenue of more than $130 million and 2.4 million pay-per-view buys – both records at the time. The hype was helped by the first fight to have an HBO show called De La Hoya-Mayweather 24/7 building it up. In the best professional wrestling sense, the HBO show helped create a narrative of Good (De La Hoya) vs. Bad (Mayweather Jr.).
The fight, contested at 154 pounds, was close, with Mayweather winning by split decision. Many observers believe that Mayweather Jr. clearly won.
Although Mayweather Jr. may have been the best boxer in the world before the fight, De La Hoya was boxing’s biggest draw – especially after winning gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. And this 2007 fight was the fight that passed the baton of financial box-office champion from De La Hoya to “Money” Mayweather.
Mayweather Jr. took the mantle as box-office champion and would go on to more big Vegas fights. From a money standpoint, the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight in 2015 would far eclipse the De La Hoya fight with more than four million pay-per-view buys.
However, the Pacquiao fight was lopsided, with Mayweather Jr. dominating from start to finish.
In 2017, Mayweather Jr. would again have another big Vegas payday by defeating UFC star Connor McGregor in ten rounds…..of boxing.