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Mayweather-Guerrero fight sells 1 million pay-per-view

Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws jabs at Robert Guerrero in the third round during a WBC welterweight title fight, Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Las Vegas. Mayweather won by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
May 10, 2013 - 10:22 AM

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s win over Robert Guerrero was an artistic success, but not a box-office smash.

The Showtime network said Friday that early tallies show the fight will exceed 1 million pay-per-view buys. That's short of the 1.5 million buys for Mayweather's previous fight against Miguel Cotto.

The fight last Saturday was the first for Mayweather on Showtime under a six-fight deal that lured the boxer from his former home at HBO. Mayweather won a unanimous 12-round decision to remain unbeaten in 44 fights.

Showtime Sports head Stephen Espinoza says the lack of a big-name opponent and Guerrero's arrest on gun charges in New York were factors in the fight not doing better.

The fight drew 15,880 fans for a live gate of $9.9 million.

News from © The Associated Press, 2013
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