Garcia Points Finger At Haney For The Poor Ticket Sales

Ryan Garcia has blamed Devin Haney for their poor ticket sales. 

Looking ahead to their April 20 clash, there are worries the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, will have considerable empty seats. The ringside seats are allegedly between $5,000-10,000, while DAZN has slashed the PPV price from $80 to $69.99 to drum up interest.

Garcia may have over 10 million followers on Instagram, but his dance partner, Haney, is not a big draw. His fight with Regis Prograis sold an alleged 50,000 PPV buys compared to Garcia, who sold over 1.2 million PPVs for the Gervonta Davis fight.

Garcia has also been doing most of the promo, albeit in a controversial manner. His admission of smoking weed, drinking alcohol and his erratic social media activity has gotten people talking. But the failure to translate that into ticket sales has been put down to Haney. 

“I am underestimated. They hate me because I won’t shut up. I feel like I deserve more. I feel it should have been 65-35, to be honest. I like to make big fights happen. A lot of boxers have an ego and don’t want to admit that they’re not a draw, so I have to work around that. As a person that wants to amplify the sport, money is going to come and go. Devin Haney is not a draw, and I definitely have been carrying this promotion on my back by myself. Nobody wants to watch a guy that supposedly can’t crack an egg. We’re not going to underestimate him. He may have power when I step in there with him. I don’t know,” Garcia stated

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Golden Boy Promotions has responded by cutting the ticket prices, as confirmed by Garcia. That will influence the bottom line since the live gate will be reduced. The financials will also impact both men moving ahead in negotiations for other big fights. Boxing stars are judged on their last fight, which is why Garcia and Haney know a full crowd will go some way to making this one of boxing’s biggest bouts this year. 

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