If you haven’t heard, promoters Eddie Hearn of Matchoom Boxing and Leonard Ellerbe of Mayweather Promotions have been having a go at one another via various media outlets. Here Hearn responds to Ellerbe’s latest comments and asks Gervonta Davis how much it’s gonna take for him to come fight Tevin Farmer on DAZN.
“Let me tell you this, let’s break it down real simple. Mayweather Promotions’ international TV syndication can’t lace Matchroom’s boots. Right? So when we do a show, our shows are seen by far more people than a Mayweather Promotions show. Right?
“We all know they want Tank to be a pay-per-view fighter. Agreed? So will they put Tank against Farmer on pay-per-view as his first fight? Yes. How many buys does that do?...I would’ve said 150-200. Even at 300, 350, 400 — more people watch on DAZN. So you can’t say you wanna put that fight on Showtime PPV because it’s a bigger audience. It’s not. Internationally it would be a bigger audience doing it on DAZN with our international TV partners. So that excuse is just bullshit.”
On if he would let his marquee fighter go on another platform:
“If the money’s right. But the money’s obviously not right [for Davis]. So tell us what money is right! Tank, give me your number. Go on social media tonight and post just a number, right. It doesn’t have to be any currency, just put any number, it might be 7. Just tweet ‘7’ and we’ll offer it. Do you know what I mean?
“But if you’re Leonard Ellerbe you can’t go online and say ‘yeah, well Tank’s making...’ — he ain’t making $5M. Don’t pretend he’s making $5M. So I hope they are paying him that kind of money...
“Too many people in boxing worried about their relationship with their network without thinking about their fighters. That’s why Bob Arum has to be commended for the Ramirez fight where he said ‘it’s a lot of money, it’s a great deal, my guy wants it, off you go!’
“So let Tank come, make a career-high payday, and if he’s good enough to win, stroll back to Showtime with his straps.”