Earlier this year, I told Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer that, if he could make Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez and Danny Garcia vs. Lucas Matthysse, I’d recommend to the MGM Grand that it book him as a replacement for David Copperfield.
Well, Schaefer has made both of those fights. And joined them on the same fight card.
The conventional wisdom in boxing has long been that the undercard doesn’t matter, that fans buy pay-per-view shows for the main event. Maybe that’s because, in recent years, PPV undercards have been excruciatingly poor.
Garcia-Matthysse is a great fight. It doesn’t come cheaply. Best estimates are that it will cost Golden Boy combined purses of between two and three million dollars. Will putting it on the undercard of Mayweather-Alvarez generate the extra 80,000 buys necessary to cover that number? Maybe not.
But – and these are big buts – matching Garcia and Matthysse on September 14th frees up the license fees that Showtime would otherwise have been called upon to spend had they fought on Showtime Championship Boxing this autumn. And Garcia-Matthysse will increase the value of the thousands of tickets that those involved with the promotion have retained for resale on the secondary market.
Meanwhile, the fight between Garcia and Matthysse (pictured above) will further energize the media and boxing fans who are awaiting September 14th. It makes the event bigger. And more important, it makes the event better. That’s not an illusion.
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SOME THOUGHTS ON BOXING
At one point in the early 1980s, Mike Tyson, Teddy Atlas, Kevin Rooney, and Cus D'Amato all lived in the same house. That must have been an interesting house.
At boxing press conferences, the people that the media don’t want to hear always seem to talk the longest.
Most marriages in boxing don’t come with “for better and for worse, richer and poorer” attached to them
One needs at least a touch of cynicism to be a good boxing writer.
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Ahhh, the emails one does and doesn’t get –
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Thomas Hauser can be reached by email at email@example.com. His most recent book (Thomas Hauser on Sports: Remembering the Journey) was published by the University of Arkansas Press.