With another big fight officially in the books from this past Saturday, there’s yet another big event this week when Canelo Alvarez takes on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in an all-Mexican showdown on Cinco De Mayo weekend. And while it may not live up to the atmosphere and significance of Joshua-Klitschko, there’s little doubt that Canelo-Chavez Jr. will be a commercial success.
To that end Golden Boy promoter Oscar De La Hoya says he’s already pleased with how sales for the fight is tracking, even going so far as to say that he expects some record-breaking numbers this weekend.
“Obviously, the way the tickets sold out and now Pay-Per-View, closed circuit is opening it up. MGM is opening up more properties for closed circuit. Won't give you a number now, but we're very happy and we can see that it's going to do very well and break some records.”
Some outlets are already reporting that at least 1,000,000 Mexican homes are slated to purchase the Canelo-Chavez Jr. PPV, and if so, that truly speaks to the value of fighting on Cinco De Mayo weekend, particularly considering this won’t even be a title fight. This one is all for pride and glory.
And while I’m still riding the adreneline rush from Joshua-Klitschko over the weekend, I’m finding myself to be getting a little more jazzed for this next fight too. If boxing can keep the momentum of good fights going, it should have some postiive residual effects for everyone in sport. Everyone sans Canelo, of course, who De La Hoya says has already reached the pinnacle at age 26.
“Canelo has already accomplished more than 99 percent of the fighters -- which fighters achieve in their entire career,” said De La Hoya.
Canelo-Chavez Jr. goes down this Saturday night on HBO PPV. How many of you will be tuning in?