Canelo Alvarez's Low PPV Numbers May Force Fights with Avoided Opponents

Canelo Alvarez's May 4 fight with Jaime Munguia reportedly drew 500,000 to 550,000 pay-per-view viewers, a lower-than-expected number. This may force Canelo to consider fights with avoided opponents like David Benavidez and Terence Crawford to maintain his earnings.

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Canelo Alvarez's Low PPV Numbers May Force Fights with Avoided Opponents

Canelo Alvarez's Low PPV Numbers May Force Fights with Avoided Opponents

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez's highly anticipated May 4 fight with Jaime Munguia reportedly drew a disappointing 500,000 to 550,000 pay-per-view (PPV) viewers, potentially forcing the Mexican boxing star to consider fights with avoided opponents like David Benavidez and Terence Crawford to maintain his earnings. The lower-than-expected viewership may be attributed to the fight taking place on the eve of Cinco de Mayo, a major Mexican holiday.

The lackluster PPV numbers may impact Canelo's future fight choices and negotiations to sustain his high purses. IBHOF Elector Rick Glaser suggests that Canelo may need to face off against Benavidez and Crawford to justify his hefty price tag. Glaser tweeted, "If in fact the Canelo Munguia PPV number is the purported 500,000 to 550,000, the good news for Boxing enthusiasts is that translates to Canelo must fight mega Crawford & Benavidez types to continue to earn the purses he's been receiving!!!"

Canelo has been avoiding a fight with Benavidez, a Mexican-American fighter, for over a year. However, the undisputed super middleweight champion has stated that he would be willing to fight Benavidez for a staggering $200 million payday. Many believe this exorbitant demand is a tactic to avoid the fight altogether, as it would be challenging for promoters to generate enough revenue to justify such a massive purse.

To host a successful Canelo vs. Benavidez fight, the event would require record-shattering PPV buys, selling well over 4 million units. The PPV price would likely exceed $100, which could deter viewers and make it difficult for fans to justify the cost. Additionally, accommodating Canelo's $200 million asking price would necessitate stacking the undercard with notable names or settling for relatively unknown fighters, which might disappoint fans.

While Saudi Arabia's wealth has been considered for organizing high-profile boxing events, it remains uncertain if Canelo and Benavidez can draw a substantial crowd in Riyadh. Questions linger about Canelo's fan base outside the American continent and whether the fight aligns with the vision of Saudi Arabian investors.

As Canelo's recent fight with Munguia drew a reported 500,000 to 550,000 PPV viewers, the Mexican superstar may need to reconsider his fight choices and asking prices to maintain his earnings. The steep $200 million price tag for a potential Benavidez fight seems impractical and could lead to unfavorable outcomes for fans and the boxing community. It remains to be seen whether Canelo will lower his demands or continue to avoid fights with high-risk opponents like Benavidez and Crawford.

Key Takeaways

  • Canelo's May 4 fight with Munguia drew 500,000-550,000 PPV viewers, lower than expected.
  • Low viewership may force Canelo to consider fights with avoided opponents like Benavidez and Crawford.
  • Canelo wants $200 million to fight Benavidez, which may be impractical and deter promoters.
  • A successful Canelo-Benavidez fight would require record-shattering PPV buys and a stacked undercard.
  • Canelo may need to reconsider his fight choices and asking prices to maintain his earnings.