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Mosley-Vargas fight can't match first bout on PPV

The July 15 rematch between former junior middleweight champs Shane Mosley and Fernando Vargas didn't come close to equaling the excitement of the first fight, and it was no match in terms of pay-per-view success.

The rematch, which Mosley won via a dominant sixth-round TKO at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, generated 350,000 buys and $17.5 million in revenue, HBO announced Thursday.

The 350,000 buys consisted of 180,000 from cable homes and 170,000 from satellite homes, HBO said.

The first fight in February -- which came during the Winter Olympics -- generated a better-than-projected 415,000 buys and $18.6 million in revenue. Mosley won a far more competitive and action-packed fight via 10th-round TKO because of severe swelling to Vargas' left eye.

HBO PPV tried to put a positive spin on the numbers for the rematch, even though they paled in comparison to the first match.

"We're very satisfied with the pay-per-view performance of this event," HBO PPV's Mark Taffet said in a statement.

The fight will be replayed on HBO at 10 p.m. ET along with the network's live coverage of the fight between welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir and Arturo Gatti.

Dan Rafael is the boxing writer for ESPN.com