Canelo vs Khan PPV buys: Numbers estimate disclosed?Written by Joseph Herron
With 2016's Cinco de Mayo weekend clearly in the rear view, "Saul Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan" is now officially in the record books.
Although the current WBC and Ring recognized Middleweight champion stopped his gallant but overmatched opponent as expected, the number of purchases for the singular HBO PPV event failed to meet its initial and hopeful forecast.
On Tuesday night's episode of "War a Week Radio" with Hall of Fame promoter and matchmaker Don Chargin, the elder statesman of the boxing fraternity affirmed a post-fight projection between 600-700K PPV buys.
And with reports of Team Alvarez currently negotiating a potential super-fight deal with the current WBC interim Middleweight champ, Gennady Golovkin, the performance numbers could affect whether or not fight fans get to see the most anticipated match-up in boxing during the 2016 calendar year.
"The PPV did between 6 and 7 hundred-thousand buys this past weekend," stated Don Chargin on 'War a Week Radio'. "Now that is good, but it's not sensational."
"So all that this shows me, with everyone crying, 'make the fight, make the fight', it's not ready at this time. If I were able to make the decision on whether or not to make Canelo/Golovkin a reality, I would wait a little bit. I would prefer both parties to agree to do one gigantic show, featuring both Canelo and Golovkin in a double-headliner against quality opposition, to properly build into a massive showdown."
Although the die-hard fight fans, as well as the always inquisitive boxing media would more than likely show an initial, collective disapproval, "The Don" drew from his sixty-five years of experience staging fight cards and putting together successful events, and further expounded on the logic behind his strategy during Tuesday night's radio broadcast.
"Look, people still have a hangover from the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight," stated the Hall of Fame promoter. "And it's going to take more time and effort to properly build this match-up to the point where it can achieve an appropriate audience and its full money making potential."
While Mr. Chargin believes a large portion of the mainstream and casual sports audience in America isn't quite ready to embrace boxing with open arms after paying $100 for the highly anticipated but ultimately unsatisfying "Mayweather vs. Pacquiao" superfight in May of 2015, the knowledgeable matchmaker and promoter is hopeful time can heal all wounds suffered from the disappointing mega-event.
The legendary promoter and matchmaker feels a super-fight like Canelo/Golovkin deserves a super-audience.
"If this match-up materializes before it's appropriate due-date, everyone involved, including the fighters, will have great regret. They'll be saying, 'if only we had waited a little while longer, we could have made Canelo vs Golovkin into a much greater event'."
"Make an event that features both fighters in respective headlining bouts later this year, with an accord to fight on a future date. As long as both camps have an agreement set in place, the fight fans will understand. Because this fight is so dangerous and potentially career altering for both fighters, Canelo and Golovkin deserve to make everything they can from this endeavor."
Fight fans can hear Hall of Fame matchmaker and promoter Don Chargin every Tuesday evening at 9PM ET/6PM PT on "War a Week Radio". To listen to the sixty-five year boxing legend's entire segment from Tuesday's show, please click the attached link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/war_a_week/2016/05/11/war-a-week-radio-with-hall-of-famer-don-chargin--canelo-vs-triple-g-vs-wbc