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HBO Fight Sold Nearly 1M PVV

September 18, 2003

NEW YORK (AP) _ Win or lose, Oscar De La Hoya still sells.

His controversial fight with Shane Mosley on Saturday was the second-biggest nonheavyweight pay-per-view attraction, HBO said.

The network said the fight was bought by 975,000 homes, generating $50.2 million in income. That was slightly more than the 935,000 buys from De La Hoya’s fight with Fernando Vargas one year ago, but less than the 1.4 million sold in 1999 for De La Hoya’s fight with Felix Trinidad.

The biggest pay-per-view fight ever was Mike Tyson’s second fight with Evander Holyfield, the infamous ``Bite Fight.″ That was bought by 1.99 million homes.

HBO will replay the fight Saturday night before the WBA heavyweight title fight between Chris Byrd and Fres Oquendo.

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