Late last night, the WBC kinda-sorta dropped a bombshell on social media, saying that a fight between their welterweight titleholder Shawn Porter and IBF titleholder Errol Spence Jr “has been announced.”
It hasn’t been, but the fight is what’s expected next for both men, who are in negotiations for a bout that could wind up at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center this summer.
If you’re not super high on the Spence-Porter fight, and some aren’t, here’s a little good news: Mike Coppinger says the fight is “unlikely” to air on pay-per-view. One would expect that means it will air on FOX, where the potential audience is much larger than it would be with PBC’s other partner, Showtime.
What might drive PBC to not put this on pay-per-view, even when Porter (30-2-1, 17 KO) is probably a more serious threat to Spence than Mikey Garcia was?
You’d have to guess that Garcia bringing the Mexican-American audience with him, which Porter doesn’t, is a main factor. There’s also the fact that even as greedy as boxing promoters historically are, you really can only ask fans to buy so many pay-per-views in a year before they just don’t buy some of them, either from fatigue or simply not being able to afford the constant hit. And the exposure for Spence, whom PBC are grooming as a top star, will be much better off pay-per-view, but then that’s always the case for basically any fight you can do.
Spence (25-0, 21 KO) has been urged by fans to unify with WBO titleholder Terence Crawford, with the two seen as the top dogs at 147 pounds. But it’s simply not happening right now, and after Spence-Manny Pacquiao was teased immediately after Spence-Garcia, that’s not happening, either. PBC is reportedly working on Pacquiao-Keith Thurman, too, which will be a PPV, possibly on July 20.