Retired American boxer Oscar De La Hoya is placing the blame on fellow pugilists, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, for pay-per-view figures dropping all across the boxing industry.
The former “Golden Boy,” now a boxing promoter, says Mayweather and Pacquiao have been holding out on the super fight that fans have been demanding for nearly five years now. As a result, PPV numbers have been falling, and sales of the sport have followed.
“People are now fed up and they are tired. They are frustrated. If its not Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather who are going to fight, we are not going to buy pay-per-view. That's the fight that must happen for the sake of the sport,” the Golden Boy Promotions President complained in an interview with Boxing Scene.
Even the Money May himself has lambasted the Filipino fighter for underperforming on PPV this year, even as he himself failed to reach the one-million buy mark during his own PPV events for 2014.
Olympic gold boxing champ De La Hoya says that unless Mayweather and Pacquiao push through with their May 2, 2015 fight, the PPV industry will continue to bleed. He cited his 2007 fight with Mayweather, which set the PPV record of 2.4 million units sold and $136 million in revenues.
“I don't care who wins. I just want to see it happen because its going to be a great fight and it will attract more fans,” De La Hoya further added, saying he isn’t very optimistic about the fight between the two boxers happening. He predicts the two will each fight British boxer Amir Khan as their Plan B instead.
Discussions between the camps of Mayweather and Pacquiao are currently ongoing after the American pound-for-pound undefeated champion issued his May 2, 2015 challenge in what some say was a boxed-into-a-corner response to Pacquiao and Top Rank promoter's, Bob Arum, media onslaught to push for a match to happen.
Here’s Oscar De La Hoya, who retired after he lost to the Filipino eight division fighter in 2008, claiming he never felt Pacquiao’s punches all that much:
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