Gervonta Davis is yet to sell 100,000 Pay Per Views in one event as a regular on the paid platform, according to promoter Oscar De La Hoya.
De La Hoya, speaking as talks got underway for Davis to fight Ryan Garcia, could have killed negotiations before they began.
The Golden Boy boss seemingly put his foot in it by angering Leonard Ellerbe. The Mayweather CEO has let rip at De La Hoya on several occasions.
Gervonta Davis PPV sales
This time, Ellerbe won’t be happy that De La Hoya has effectively confirmed rumors that Davis sold just over 50,000 for his clash with Mario Barrios.
“Everybody has an argument on who’s the A-side, who’s the B-side,” De La Hoya told FightHype.com. “Look, as Ryan’s promoter, he does sell. He is popular.
“With the right dance partner, you can create a mega fight. That happens to be with Gervonta Davis and vice versa.
“I mean, Gervonta Davis can get on PPV. But that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s selling hundreds and hundreds of thousands of homes. I know that they’re not past 100,000. I know that for a fact.
“So does he want to continue fighting on the low-level PPVs, or does he want to create a mega event with a Ryan Garcia?
“That’s the only dancing partner he can create a special event with. So it’s a matter of choices. The great part of this whole event is Ryan wants the fight, Gervonta wants the fight, and I know Mayweather wants the fight.
“I want the fight, and both networks [Showtime and DAZN PPV] want the fight.
“So I think there’s room to get everybody to sit in a room and figure this out. There’s too much money involved, such a great fight now.”
Davis vs Garcia
On pitching two hungry undefeated fighters inside the ropes in their pomp, De La Hoya added: “I think this fight here between Gervonta and Ryan would be one of those fights where we haven’t seen two young fighters at their prime, or just reaching their prime, fighting each other.
“And I have to admit Gervonta Davis has a world title [WBA regular title], so that’s obviously something we have to consider.
“I’m not someone who’s not fair. I’m someone who knows reality, who is a fighter inside the ring. But also a businessman who knows how to step back and analyze everything and do what’s fair.”
Gervonta Davis vs Ryan Garcia is not likely to get over the line in the coming months, though, judging by the back and forth between both sides.
De La Hoya’s points haven’t been taken kindly in the past or present, and likely won’t be in the future. Therefore, it’s up in the air whether they can agree to disagree on many topics.
The views expressed in this article are the opinions of Phil Jay.