JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ was in London last weekend to support Daniel Estrada. Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn has already broached the subject of the Mexican legend challenging Kell Brook for the latter’s IBF welterweight world title.
“I’d love that fight. There’s been loads of speculation,” Eddie Hearn told Boxing News. “I’ve told him and his team I’ll pay you a load of money to come and fight in Sheffield this summer.
“But I think he’s got a load of money.”
“Love that fight. I love the Marquez fight or the [Marcos] Maidana fight for Brook in the summer,” the promoter continued. “Brook against Maidana, Brook against Marquez, they’re pay-per-view fights.”
Kell Brook first title defence, after recovering from horrific injury last year, will be against Ionut Dan Ion on March 28, which will be on Sky Sports, not a Box Office pay-per-view. “We had the momentum. December would have been great with Bellew-Cleverly, that was the original plan. Obviously that wasn’t possible. Now this is about giving him massive build up, massive exposure, so that he is that future star. He’s always rated really well, Kell Brook,” Hearn said.
“With Sky for example any fighter must try to build to become a pay per view fighter. It’s the only way they can make huge money. When a fighter becomes a pay-per-view fighter, that’s the golden chalice of the sport.”
But it seems too early to tell ultimately how many pay-per-views there will be this year in the UK. “In 2015 it could be four, it could be none. Brook then Froch [screened on the same programme on March 28] that would have been pay-per-view, I don’t think most would have moaned at that,” he said. “Mayweather-Pacquiao if Sky got it, would be a pay-per-view. Brook-Khan would be a pay-per-view. Frampton-Quigg with a strong card, potentially a pay-per-view. There’s six or seven opportunities but we’ve missed one already, March 28 that would have been a pay-per-view.”