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LAS VEGAS---If Richard Schaefer
looked a bit nervous standing near his
fighters on a massive stage this week
at the MGM Grand, he had good rea-
In a city of high rollers, on one of
the biggest betting days of the year, the
head of Golden Boy Promotions is tak-
ing the biggest gamble of all. He s got
$60 million on the line that Floyd May-
weather Jr. and Canelo Alvarez will not
only deliver a great fight, but deliver
at the box office, too.
He s betting the 152-pound matchup
between two unbeaten fighters will be
a blockbuster, perhaps the richest fight
ever. And right now, there are not a lot
of wise guys in this gambling city who
would bet against him.
"My goal is to break the record,"
Schaefer said. "I think we will do two
million homes, which will make it the
single biggest pay-per-view in boxing."
If it is, it will be largely because Gold-
en Boy is charging the single biggest
price for a boxing match, a whopping
$74.95 if you want to watch in HD.
That will give boxing fans at home not
only the most anticipated fight in years
but a 140-pound title fight between
Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysse that
would be a headline bout anywhere
Want to be there in person? The fight
sold out in hours, but you can still find
a seat on the main floor for $9,422. If
that s too rich, the cheapest nosebleed
seat Thursday on StubHub was $1,687.
Schaefer said the fight is such a hot
ticket for the celebrity crowd that
they re calling asking to buy tickets
instead of getting them free. Magic
Johnson wanted some and so did Kobe
Bryant, but his choice of ringside seats
in the center of the front row were
"Saturday could be a $200 million
night," Schaefer said. "Boxing is hardly
a dying sport."
Not when it has the country s high-
est-paid athlete. Mayweather will make
at least $41.5 million for the 12-rounder,
bringing his salary this year to $73 mil-
lion in two fights. Alvarez, the red-
headed star from Mexico, won t do too
badly himself, with a $5 million guar-
antee and a chance to make double that
if the fight is a big hit.
For Schaefer and Golden Boy it s a
bit more complicated. They get a wind-
fall guarantee from the Showtime net-
work, which Schaefer says doesn t even
cover Mayweather s purse. And after
splitting with cable and satellite com-
panies they ll end up with about $35
from every house that buys the fight.
Toss in a $19.9 million live gate and
a few million here and there from spon-
sorships and foreign rights sales, and
it could be a nice payday indeed for the
company Schaefer and Oscar De La
"I m going to obviously get some
money Monday morning," Schaefer
said. "But I m going to be out by the
time the first bell rings well over $60
Those in boxing familiar with big
fight promotions don t think Schaefer
will have to worry about closing his
company s doors. He begins to make
money at about 1.5 million pay-per-
view buys, and the indications are that
this fight will exceed that, though get-
ting to 2 million might be a stretch
(Mayweather s 2007 fight with De La
Hoya is the biggest selling boxing pay-
per-view at 2.4 million buys).
Mayweather is the big driver behind
those sales, of course. He s the cham-
pion in the ring and he s the champion
in selling the fight to those watching
at home, though his fight in May against
Robert Guerrero was a bit of a box office
dud at about 900,000 buys.
But the 23-year-old Alvarez is already
a huge star in Mexico and is seen as
the biggest challenger to Mayweather
since he beat De La Hoya on a split
decision in 2009. Oddsmakers favor
Mayweather by 2½-1, narrow odds by
"Canelo is sort of a trailblazer, com-
parisons are being made to Oscar," said
Stephen Espinoza, the executive vice
president of Showtime sports, who for-
merly worked for Golden Boy. "I believe
he s got the ability to cross over the
way Oscar did, especially to nonboxing
fans and women."
Indeed, Alvarez could be a breakout
star in boxing if he wins. But what the
sport really needs is a competitive and
exciting fight that even casual fans will
be talking about.
"I ve been in there with guys who
punch hard and guys who try to box,"
Mayweather said. "They re all just the
same. They re opponents in front of
"I have my fans, Floyd has his fans,"
Alvarez said. "I always envisioned it
was going to be a big fight."
Of that, there s little doubt. It will
be a big night for boxing, another big
night for Money May and almost surely
the biggest night of Alvarez s life.
Whether it s the richest fight may
not even matter.
SAN FRANCISCO---Emirates Team New Zealand won Race
six of the America s Cup, overtaking defending champion
Oracle Team USA and new tactician Ben Ainslie to finish 47
seconds ahead yesterday.
Team New Zealand leads 5 to minus-1 and needs four more
victories to reclaim the trophy.
Oracle Team USA, owned by software billionaire Larry
Ellison, was docked two points in the biggest cheating scandal
in the 162-year history of the America s Cup. Oracle still needs
to win 10 races to keep the Auld Mug at the Golden Gate Yacht
Ainslie, the most successful sailor in Olympic history, replaced
John Kostecki before the race.
While the American syndicate didn t make any tactical
errors, it again simply couldn t match the Kiwis sailing upwind.
Oracle Team USA led by 12 seconds at the downwind second
gate before the Kiwis reeled in the American syndicate during
a fierce tacking duel past Alcatraz Island that left the grinders
gasping. Among the men who turn the winches that power
the hydraulic system on the 72-foot (22-meter) catamarans
are Rob Waddell, an Olympic rowing gold medalist and former
two-time world champion, and Grant Dalton, the 56-year-
old syndicate head.
There s only one windward leg on the five-leg course, which
includes two reaching legs and 1 1/2 laps around San Francisco
Bay, and the Kiwis have proved quicker and more dominating
each time they sail toward the Golden Gate Bridge.
Kiwi tactician Ray Davies called for an extra gybe sailing
the downwind second leg, which allowed Team New Zealand
to split from Oracle on the upwind third leg and gain starboard
After two lead changes, the boats crossed for a third time.
Kiwi skipper Dean Barker pulled an aggressive move and
pointed his cat at Oracle, forcing it to do a deeper turn. The
Kiwis began pulling away sailing in light wind and led by 44
seconds at gate three.
Race 7 was later in the afternoon.
Earlier, Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill replaced Kostecki with
Ainslie, who won four straight Olympic gold medals as well
as a silver for Britain. The 36-year-old Ainslie was knighted
Until yesterday, Ainslie had served as helmsman of the
backup boat, helping to prepare Spithill for the regatta. The
move had been expected since Kostecki called for a foiling
tack that the American syndicate failed to execute in a punishing
loss in Race 5 on Tuesday.
Oracle played its one postponement card of the regatta and
delayed Race 6 until Thursday.
ZANDVOORT---Nearly two decades after winning this tour-
nament for the first time, Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain took
the lead on the opening day of the KLM Open yesterday, taking
advantage of relatively benign conditions to shoot a 6-under
64.The 1994 champion, Jimenez had two bogeys and eight birdies,
including holing a wedge from 40 meters at the 16th for birdie
followed by another birdie on the 18th to give him the outright
lead at the Kennemer Golf and Country Club.
Jimenez, the oldest player in the field at 49, said he would
like to add another Spanish name to the trophy come Sunday.
"Seve s first win on the European Tour was here in 1976, and
Jose Maria (Olazabal) also won here in 1989, so hopefully I can
win here, too. That would be fantastic," he said.
Robert Allenby and Gary Orr were among a group of six players
one back on 5 under on the Dutch North Sea coast.
Scotsman Orr said he enjoyed playing on the seaside course.
"Kennemer s special," he said. "It s a real old-style golf course.
You ve got to put it in the right spots on the fairways and
especially the greens. But I like the challenge, it s a pleasure to
play courses like this."
set to deliver big fight
Boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr., left,and Canelo Alvarez hold a WBC super welterweight championship belt during the final
news conference for their bout. PHOTO COURTESY GETTY IMAGES
Oracle loses to
leader in KLM Open
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