COULD LACKLUSTER PBC PPV CARDS HARM FOX-NFL RELATIONSHIP?
The hottest boxing reporter in the business at the moment, Mike Coppinger of Fox Sports, continued to knock out the biggest stories in the industry today as he detailed the future fight plans of two of the biggest stars in Al Haymon‘s Premier Boxing Champions stable: Manny Pacquaio and Errol Spence, Jr..
Citing “sources” from his Twitter account this morning, Coppinger first broke the news that, “Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman are in advanced talks for a pay-per-view welterweight title showdown that’s being targeted for July 13. No deal yet but it’s expected to be completed.”
Less than an hour later, Coppinger also cited, “sources,” as he added another major scoop, reporting, “Errol Spence Jr. and Shawn Porter are on a collision course for a welterweight championship unification fight being pegged for September. Spence is coming off his first PPV headline bout, a shutout victory over Mikey Garcia last month. Porter defeated Ugas a week earlier.”
SOURCES: Errol Spence Jr. and Shawn Porter are on a collision course for a welterweight championship unification fight being pegged for September. Spence is coming off his first PPV headline bout, a shutout victory over Mikey Garcia last month. Porter defeated Ugas a week earlier
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) April 1, 2019
In the moments that immediately followed Spence easily dispatching Garcia on March 16, 2019, in what was a woeful mismatch, Spence and fellow PBC stablemate Pacquiao – who not-coincidentally was seen in the AT&T Stadium ring in Dallas following Spence’s shutout of Garcia – appeared to agree to fight each other in the immediate future.
While such a matchup would fall considerably short in entertainment value to a Spence-Terence Crawford clash, at the very least Spence-Pacquaio possessed enough intrigue to justify a considerable number of high double-figure PPV buys.
Alas, even a gold watch fight such as Pacquiao-Spence is now beyond the fight fan’s reach with PBC broadcast partner Fox seemingingly willing to sign off on Haymon’s total disregard for the boxing public.
The Haymon-assembled, March 16, 2019, fight card that was headlined by Spence-Garcia, staged inside AT&T Stadium and subsequently proclaimed by innumerable media observers and fight fans to be the worst night of boxing ever offered as a PPV event – let alone one that cost $74.95 – was also the first boxing PPV ever put on by PBC bagholder partner Fox. (See below.)
Now comes word that Haymon & Fox, eschewing a Pacquaio-Spence matchup that was seemingly promised inside Jerryworld’s ring after the Spence-Garcia walkover, want the public to fork over another high-dollar PPV fee to watch Shawn Porter bob and weave his way to his children’s college tuition – while losing to Spence in an inevitable, mark-free unanimous decision once again inside AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
While Haymon’s soft-pedaling is nothing new and a big reason why boxing is marginalized by the media, Fox’s broadcast partnership with Haymon was only recently struck and sold as a groundbreaking deal that would breathe life into the sport.
But instead of forging the best matchups the sport has to offer, Fox’s first PPV was a wildly-overpriced insult to the intelligence of even the most casual boxing follower.
Now, does Fox want another embarrassment that was the Spence-Card fight card reflecting on its much-favored NFL partner, Dallas Cowboys owner and AT&T Stadium operator Jerry Jones?
This is seriously the worst PPV broadcast I’ve ever seen. I’m getting less excited for the fight than I was two weeks ago. Horrible.
— Matt Shala (@matt_shala) March 17, 2019
That wasn’t the worst premium priced PPV boxing broadcast.
Actually, sorry. It says here it might have been.
— The Boxing Advocate (@boxingadvocate) March 17, 2019
FOX has bigger problems than that. Kenny is easily the worst blow by blow man in the business, and the overall production values are horrid. To put that on for a PPV was insulting.
— Tom Penney (@ThePeoplesTom) March 17, 2019
Boxing PPV. One of the worst undercards ever and dude in the main event got rocked for 12 rounds straight 😭
— 〰️ (@BlackoutSR_) March 17, 2019
One hour in and we have a new front runner for worst PPV broadcast of all time.
— Cory R (@RapaczBoxing) March 17, 2019
You did a great job. But that PPV was possibly the worst in years as far as the bouts being competitive.
— Ray Poplawski (@RPopBox) March 17, 2019
It’s a shitty broadcast…BUT, that’s only magnified because it’s literally the worst PPV card in recent memory.
— Joe Something (@JoeDe_) March 17, 2019
If the main event ends up like Munguia – Ali (not very likely but possible) then Hearn will have his work cut out for the worst PPV of the year
— Cólm (@Clm02439729) March 17, 2019
Fox might have the worst PPV boxing broadcast I’ve ever seen, it might be a good idea for them to hit Jim Lampley and Roy Jones
— The Kenny Reeves (@TheKennyReeves) March 17, 2019
That Fox finds itself in such a potentially unacceptable position might well be the best thing to happen to boxing in a long time.