Opinion | Feb 25 2017

Snips & Snipes: ‘How about Floyd Mayweather for president?’

In his blog Eric Armit reflects on boxers in politics, Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor, the legacy of Roy Jones and much, much more
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IT looks as though we will get the Manny Pacquiao vs. Amir Khan fight but whether it will happen in the UAE remains to be seen. Talk is of $38 million to take the fight there. Bob Arum is ever the pragmatist-show me the money! There is not much in the way of high profile matches out there for Pacquiao right now and Khan is as good a choice as any. Really it is a fight that Khan should take at any price as it would be the biggest fight of his career and for certain his last chance of landing a fight with Pacquiao. I feel sorry for Jeff Horn but that fight was always a puzzle to me and even if the UAE falls by the wayside then the next best option is still a fight between Pacquiao and Khan.

There has to be a good chance it will prove lucrative. Adrien Broner vs. Adrian Granados drew surprisingly good figures with an average of 779,000 viewers and a peak of 859,000 and Pacquiao vs. Khan should do much better than that.

Oscar de La Hoya is setting the cost of watching Saul Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez on TV at $60 and expecting 1 million + buys and again based on the Broner vs. Granados figures that is probably a conservative estimate. It is a pity it is being staged in Las Vegas. It would have been interesting to see whether this all-Mexican fight if held in Mexico City could have beaten the 130,000 record that watched Chavez Snr beat Greg Haugen. That would have been something for father and son to have taken part in two matches in front of world record live crowds 24 years apart. Chavez will literally be sweating to make the weight as it reportedly will cost him $1 million for ever pound over the 164.5lbs catchweight agreed.


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