Talks of 50,000 PPV buys began circulating on social media, showing that Haney’s star power may not be as big as once thought.
The real #Haney–#Prograis PPV number is the low 50,000 on #DAZN PPV. My pre-fight number over/under was 65,000. We all know piracy is a big problem, but it also had a horrible undercard, & holiday season PPV's have never do good numbers in the U.S. Remember #Benavidez–#Andrade…
— Rick Glaser (@RealRickGlaser1) December 16, 2023
The American returned to the ‘Bay Area’ to have his first fight there since turning professional in 2015. The Chase Center sold out, showing Haney did resonate with the fans. He delivered on fight night as he became the new WBC junior welterweight champion. But a high gate differs from the PPV numbers, as Leonard Ellerbe and Arum indicated. Both were vocal about the low numbers.
We’ve done the biggest ppv’s in the history of the sport and hold every single record all documented, but I don’t have access to the information as it relates to the numbers, do you know how silly that sounds? Anyways, wishing them the best moving forward!!
— Leonard Ellerbe (@LEllerbe) December 16, 2023
“Very, very disappointing. But again, you put a fight on first of all in December, PPV. Now what are people concerned about in December? Saving up their money so they can spend it on Christmas presents. The fact it did so poorly is not really a reflection on Haney’s marketability.
“It’s just a fight that took place at the wrong time against fights that were free to air on other platforms like ESPN. We had a terrific, terrific featherweight championship match that was a huge upset against it. So the fact it didn’t do well doesn’t mean that Devin Haney’s not a PPV draw. But it didn’t do well,” Arum said
Bill Haney addressed those comments by shutting them down as false claims. Bill brought up the venue being sold out, but it did nothing to show the PPV succeeded.
“Now, Bob Arum, Hall of Fame promoter, the legendary man himself, just jumped out the window of the airplane at 30,000 feet to land on his head with some fake news that the people can’t use. Bob is not privy to any numbers. So to describe our [Haney – Prograis] fight as a disappointment is disheartening from old Bob. Listen, it was a sold-out [Chase Center] arena to a great group of hardcore and casual fans,” Bill Haney stated