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This is from ESPN.COM boxing writer Dan Rafael's latest blog and he raises a very good question that I've been wondering about for a while now...

Although neither Ricky Hatton's victory against Juan Lazcano nor Paulie Malignaggi's win against Lovemore N'Dou last week were classic fights, wasn't it great to watch a live championship card on a Saturday afternoon? One thing I find myself wondering, however, is this: Why do cards like that one cost HBO millions of dollars, yet Versus was able to buy this doubleheader for low six-figures?
 

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Because 1) Hatton Lazcano isnt a big draw
2) Malignaggi N'Dou isnt a big draw
3) VS has no money while HBO is a cash cow

It is nice to see an afternoon televised fight though. The national networks (NBC/ABC/CBS) need to get on board...
 

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Because 1) Hatton Lazcano isnt a big draw
2) Malignaggi N'Dou isnt a big draw
3) VS has no money while HBO is a cash cow
Hatton/Lazcano was a big draw. Over 55,000 attended. We're talking tv, though, so I'm going to assume you're strictly referring to the ratings. Yes, HBO has more money to spend than VS, but I don't think that really answers the question. Because they have more, they're going to spend more, and in turn end up losing more? Bad business. I haven't heard anything on how the Hatton fight did ratings-wise, but for Hopkins/Calzaghe and De La Hoya/Forbes HBO spent a ton and both fights garnered pretty poor viewership for the amount of money invested in them.
 

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Hatton/Lazcano was a big draw. Over 55,000 attended. We're talking tv, though, so I'm going to assume you're strictly referring to the ratings. Yes, HBO has more money to spend than VS, but I don't think that really answers the question. Because they have more, they're going to spend more, and in turn end up losing more? Bad business. I haven't heard anything on how the Hatton fight did ratings-wise, but for Hopkins/Calzaghe and De La Hoya/Forbes HBO spent a ton and both fights garnered pretty poor viewership for the amount of money invested in them.
From what I heard De La Hoya-Forbes did great in the ratings. No surprise. Oscar always attracts the viewers
 
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