Mayweather vs. Canelo ALL ACCESS episode 2 this Saturday, August 31, on SHOWTIME
By Dan Ambrose: Floyd Mayweather vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez ALL ACCESS episode 2 will air this Saturday, August 31st on SHOWTIME at 10 pm ET/PT. The viewing numbers for the episode need to dramatically improve over the low numbers the first episode brought in. Only 225,000 viewers watched the episode, and that sends a signal that the Mayweather-Canelo fight might not be as big as Golden Boy Promotions had hoped it would be.
We’ve seen Golden Boy president Oscar De La Hoya projecting that the Mayweather-Canelo fight will draw more than 2.4 million buys, which would break the 6-year-old pay-per-view record set by De La Hoya and Mayweather Jr. in their fight in 2007. It’s not looking good for De La Hoya and Golden Boy as far as the Mayweather vs. Canelo fight breaking records.
It doesn’t really matter if it doesn’t break records, because it’s still going to do well, and it’ll clearly draw in more than 1 million PPV buys. It could go as high as 1.4 million, and that would be a respectable number. The main thing that Golden Boy should be focusing on is that this fight will help making Canelo a bigger attraction so that he can start having his own PPV fights where he’s the headliner.
Right now, Canelo has never done, so that’s why he needs to win this fight in order for him to get to the next level. Golden Boy Promotions needs Canelo win in a convincing manner for him to get to the point where fans will want to pay to see him fight.
Canelo took a big step backwards with his last fight against Austin Trout last April where two of the judges had wild scores that didn’t make any sense at all with what happened in the ring that night. They had Canelo winning by a near lopsided score, when many boxing fans saw it as a draw, and a lot saw Trout having won it.
If that happens again with Canelo getting a wide score in a fight that he appeared to lose or fight to a draw, it’s just going to turn fans off from Canelo completely. If he wins the fight, he has to look like he’s won it this time.
It’s going to be tough for Canelo, because he doesn’t have the one-punch power, or the stamina needed to push himself to fight hard for 3 minutes of every round. Canelo doesn’t have that extra gear that good fighters have to pour it on to get a knockout or to win a fight in a convincing manner. He always looks like he’s trying to pace himself in order not to run out of gas.