The criticism around Haney’s commercial value continues as ‘The Dream’ seeks to secure the biggest fights. His win over Prograis to become the WBC junior welterweight champion was accompanied by claims the PPV flopped. Bob Arum and Leonard Ellerbe backed up the reports of the low numbers, although team Haney has not released the official figures.
The Chase Center for Haney’s fight was sold out, but this did not reportedly translate with the boxing fans at home. That puts Haney at a disadvantage in negotiations with Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia. Both boxers sold over 1.2 million PPVs for their fight, showing the difference between their commercial value and Haney. But Bill Haney claims the numbers were just fiction.
“So, how do we have so much engagement and so many people show up? The pay-per-view numbers ain’t right because they know y’all can’t go nowhere and find them, and that’s why they can say something like that. Then they say, ‘Well, Bill. You show them [the PPV numbers].’ Did you ask Canelo to show his? Did you ask Tank to show his? Who came on here and showed that? Once you say you heard it from a source, it becomes gossip because it’s not something that you’ve seen,” Haney
Haney has made his position clear. He is willing to take the same terms Garcia took for the Davis fight, but commanding those figures will be difficult. Garcia’s crossover appeal, with an Instagram following of over 10 million, played a crucial part in making that deal. Haney has expressed his desire to face Garcia in Saudi Arabia, as the Kingdom can pay fixed purses regardless of the PPV buys. Either way, the intention is to secure the most lucrative fights.
“Man listen give me the same deal he gave Ryan, and we’ve got a fight. Same offer Ryan Garcia got same offer I’ll take,” Haney said
Devin Haney is not a PPV star! Tank,Canelo,and Spence are PPV Stars! Numbers don't lie! Bill Haney stop the cap!
— Derek Jones (@DerekJo49496718) December 20, 2023
Bill tryna convince us everybody lying expect Him & Blueblood 😂😂
— A. thunder (@AshThrashh) December 22, 2023
Poor PPV buys because of piracy is why we're not getting the biggest & best fights. That's why PPV numbers is such a big topic in this era!
— Rick Glaser (@RealRickGlaser1) December 22, 2023