Bob Arum: Haney vs. Garcia PPV Numbers Were Disappointing

Bob Arum has said the PPV numbers for Devin Haney vs Ryan Garcia were ‘very disappointing.’

The fight defied the pre-narrative that Haney would dominate Garcia, as Ryan dropped the WBC Junior Welterweight Champion three times before winning a majority decision. However, the build-up was marred by controversy, which divided the boxing fanbase. Garcia admitted to drinking and smoking weed.

His social media activity didn’t help, creating the narrative that it would not be a competitive bout. The tickets for the Barclays Center, New York, were struggling to sell. Garcia’s antics, the ticket, and the PPV price did not make it an attractive option for fight fans. DAZN marketed the fight at $80 before slashing it to $69.99. Oscar De La Hoya expected the fight to do around 1.5 million PPV buys, based on Garcia’s fight with Gervonta Davis which sold over 1.2 million.

“I’m one of one of the biggest uh top 10 uh pay-per-views of all time. Absolutely okay, absolutely yeah [it will sell over a million], this is is huge it’s really big; it’s successful; it’s successful already,” De La Hoya

While Golden Boy has not released any numbers, some are suggesting it did around 200,000 buys.

Haney Reacts

Meanwhile, Haney denied reports that Garcia had broken his jaw. The opening round set the story of things to come, with Garcia landing his left hook on Haney, who staggered backwards. The taste of that power made Haney second-guess himself. After the fight, Haney’s face was visibly swollen. Garcia stated Haney was ‘damaged goods,’ while the boxing community questioned whether Haney would be the same. Garcia also suggested Haney broke his jaw. However, Haney revealed he was fine, with no injuries.

While Haney may not have injuries, the loss raises questions about his future at 140. Other big hitters in the division may perceive Haney as having a weak chin. Isaac Cruz, the WBA Junior Welterweight Champion, stopped Rolando Romero in his last fight. Subriel Matias, the IBF Junior Welterweight Champion, is a knockout artist with all his wins coming via stoppages. Both boxers will fancy their chances against Haney, who may struggle to reinvent himself. 

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