5 Fights That Could Sell a Million Pay-Per-Views Without Mayweather or Pacquiao
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Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have dominated the pay-per-view box office scene for years now. The reason they dominate is that fans haven't seen the type of fights that are worth their money.
There's talent and youth in boxing as exemplified by the likes of popular fighters such as Amir Khan, Adrien Broner and Saul Alvarez, yet none have become PPV-selling machines on their own.
But within this batch of rising stars are pairings that can be intriguing enough, with the right hype machine, to push over a million PPV buys. Here's a look.
Sergio Martinez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. 2
Sergio Martinez, left, takes on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
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After their first thrilling battle nearly ended in a come-from-behind knockout and sold 475,000 PPV buys, according to Boxing Scene, it's inevitable that not only will there be a rematch, but it'll be highly lucrative.
Martinez and Chavez genuinely despise each other. Martinez believes Chavez is spoiled and was handed his place in boxing due to his father's status, and Chavez believes Martinez is wrong for believing so.
When the two met this past September at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, they sold out the 19,000-seat venue. Martinez punished Chavez for 11-and-a-half rounds.
In the last half of the final round, Chavez managed to hurt Martinez and drop him. Martinez barely got to his feet and instead of backing down, a stumbling Martinez fought back until the final bell.
With the rematch being eyed for this fall, according to Ring TV, fans will wonder if Chavez can come out as aggressively in the first round of their rematch as he did during the last round of the first fight.
According to AskTheBoxer, Oscar De La Hoya vs. Shane Mosley generated 590,000 PPV buys. The intrigue generated by a close first fight helped the rematch sell 950,000 buys.
The intrigue of whether Chavez will learn from his first fight is sure to sell more PPVs next time around, maybe even a million's worth.
Amir Khan vs. Adrien Broner
Amir Khan celebrating victory.
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Amir Khan is a bona fide British superstar-in-the-making. Adrien Broner is a bona fide American superstar-in-the-making. With their personalities and steadily increasing fanbases, a fight would prove massive.
The promotional tour would be electric, and their styles make for an action-packed fight that would struggle to go the distance. If marketed right, there's a chance it would sell over a million PPVs.
Khan hasn't gone up to welterweight yet. Broner is set to make the jump to welterweight on June 22nd to face WBA champ Paulie Malignaggi, according to Ring TV.
Though Khan is only one division below and has meant to go up to 147 for some time, he's not fully committed to the move. He'll be facing a catchweight fight at 143 against Julio Diaz on April 27.
Perhaps Khan is awaiting the outcome of Devon Alexander vs. Kell Brook for the IBF welterweight title before he decides whether to move up or not.
Brook is a fellow rising English star. Though not as big in the U.K. as Khan, Brook could help push a lucrative stadium-sellout in their home country should he defeat American Alexander for the IBF title.
If Khan defeats Brook, his match vs. Broner becomes a unification, adding more gravity to an already important match.
Saul Alvarez vs. Miguel Cotto
Saul Alvarez punishes Josesito Lopez for the knockout.
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Saul Alvarez vs. Miguel Cotto was supposed to happen already if not for the upset victory Austin Trout gained over Cotto in New York this past December.
Now Alvarez faces Trout to legitimize his claim as the best of the junior middleweights. Should Alvarez defeat Trout on April 20 in San Antonio's Alamodome as planned, a Cotto fight is back on the table.
Cotto wants a big fight in the fall, and by facing Alvarez, he would set up a classic clash between two of the sport's biggest rival countries: Puerto Rico vs. Mexico.
Cotto is Puerto Rico's biggest star today in boxing and was able to sell 600,000 PPVs during his rematch with a one-eyed, beaten, past-his-best Antonio Margarito.
If the Puerto Rican-Mexican rivalry can sell that fight with Cotto's name, how many more can he sell by facing Mexico's current favorite son in "Canelo" Alvarez?
It's a question that deserves an answer because no matter who won, the mere spectacle of the biggest-named active superstar fighters for Puerto Rico and Mexico exchanging blows in the ring would be enough for the fans.
Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Timothy Bradley
Juan Manuel Marquez glowing in the aftermath of his knockout victory over Manny Pacquiao.
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Juan Manuel Marquez knocked Manny Pacquiao out last year after Timothy Bradley defeated Pacquiao by controversial split decision.
A battle between the two men who recently defeated the Filipino hero is an easy sell. Marquez will be after Bradley's WBO welterweight world title to join a select few with world titles in five weight classes.
Bradley is after redemption, a chance to prove he truly was the better man that night against Pacquiao. He could do that by clearly defeating the man Pacquiao couldn't beat decisively.
Replays of Bradley's bravado, get-off-the-canvas, heart-filled performance against Ruslan Provodnikov from earlier this year and last year's knockout of Pacquiao will sell the action this fight can bring.
Danny Garcia vs. Lamont Peterson
Danny Garcia ecstatic following his knockout victory over Erik Morales.
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Danny Garcia is the current WBA and WBC junior welterweight champion. Lamont Peterson owns the IBF world title in the division. Both men are in an unofficial Golden Boy Promotions tournament.
Garcia faces Zab Judah on April 27. Peterson faces Lucas Matthysse on May 18. If both win, they are expected to unify sometime in September.
Garcia and Peterson both have the popular British fighter Amir Khan as a notch on their belt; Garcia has him by fourth-round knockout. Peterson has him by controversial split decision in an entertaining fight.
Peterson knocked out Kendall Holt in dominating fashion. Garcia brutally pulverized Mexican legend Erik Morales into what could be his retirement. These names are what help build superstars.
Now that Showtime is using its parent company, CBS, to air pre-fight documentaries on network television such as the ones airing for Floyd Mayweather, Garcia-Peterson could get similar treatment.
Garcia's brash personality and that of his very vocal trainer/father has resulted in the two of them trading controversial comments in the pre-fight hype of past bouts, according to Ring TV and Daily Mail.
Peterson's story of going from a homeless childhood and imprisoned father to his hometown's first world champion in 20 years is the type of success story people can root for.
Good vs. Evil never gets old and is a surefire way to produce the next million-selling boxing pay-per-view.