Since Mayweather left, Canelo has taken over as the number one Pay-Per-View name in the sport and De La Hoya expects his upcoming fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to cement that fact.
“Canelo has already accomplished more than 99 percent of the fighters — which fighters achieve in their entire career,” said De La Hoya.
“He’s a two-time division world champion at both the junior middleweight and middleweight doubles. He has had his hand raised in victory 48 times with 34 knockouts.
“You know, he has taken all comers and has defeated almost every single one, including Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan, Austin Trout, champions like Sugar Shane Mosley, the spectacular knockout against James Kirkland, the masterful boxer Erislandy Lara; the list goes on and on and on, and he’s only 26 years old.”
On tickets sales, closed circuit and expected PPV numbers, De La Hoya added: “We’re very happy with how it’s going.
“Obviously, the way the tickets sold out and now Pay-Per-View, closed circuit is opening it up. MGM is opening up more properties for closed circuit. Won’t give you a number now, but we’re very happy and we can see that it’s going to do very well and break some records.”
At least one million Mexican homes alone are slated to purchase the Canelo v Chavez, with the United States portion having the potential to make it a very profitable night for all concerned on May 6.