De La Hoya Blasts Spence’s Feelings On Promoters
Errol Spence Jr. enjoys being a free agent, and claimed he didn’t need a traditional promoter handling his career.
Spence, who holds the IBF welterweight title, works with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions and Oscar De La Hoya thinks Spence is just outright wrong.
“I have have response to him and to tell him that he’s wrong,” said De La Hoya, on Wednesday afternoon to Boxing Scene.
“I strongly believe that a fighter needs a promoter to guide your career. You can have a manager, you can have an adviser. He thinks Showtime is promoting him and that’s not the case.
“You need a promoter to move you along and eventually become a pay-per-view fighter, which he will never be without a promoter.”
De La Hoya would claim that even though he had a world wide platform following his 1992 Olympic performance, he still needed Bob Arum.
“Exactly and look, my case was totally different because I already had that world-wide platform when I won the gold medal. So it was easier to promote me,” said De La Hoya.
“But you’re right, if I didn’t have Arum to guide my career, who knows where I would be. Who knows where I would be if I had a manager/adviser guiding my career.”
De La Hoya continued, “See, a promoter promotes you. A promoter has a plan, a long-term plan to eventually make you a pay-per-view star and look, there’s a reason why there’s one superstar in boxing – and that’s (Saul) ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. There’s a reason why there’s only one fighter in boxing that sells pay-per-view – and that’s ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
“Therefore we have that vehicle, we have that platform to showcase with the pay-per-view audience. He might be a great fighter – and I’m talking about many fighters out there – but there’s a reason why you’re only making a couple of million dollars and not making 10, 15, 20 million dollars.”
Original Report: Boxing Scene