Golden Boy and Top Rank to have competing shows on September 14th
By Eric Thomas: Golden Boy Promotions have requested September 14th with the Nevada State Athletic Commission for a pay per view show in Las Vegas, Nevada in a fight that will be headlined by Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. a still to be determined opponent. At the same time, Top Rank will possibly have WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley defending his title against Juan Manuel Marquez in a PPV bout as well.
What this means for boxing fans is that they will have to decide on which PPV broadcast they want to purchase on that fight unless they want to purchase both of them and flip channels or Tivo them. Unless there’s an injury of some sorts that will knock one of these two fights from that date, we could see the numbers for either fight less than what they could have been if they didn’t have tough competition.
Mayweather will be okay because he’ll get 1 million buys no matter who competes against him on the same date, but it still will likely hurt his numbers if his fight has to compete for viewers against the Marquez-Bradley fight.
The only way Mayweather does really well is if he gets someone popular like Saul “Canelo” Alvarez or Manny Pacquiao as his opponent, and it’s hard to imagine that Mayweather will agree to face either of those guys for this date. It doesn’t make sense for Mayweather to fight Pacquiao on September 14th because that’s a Mexican holiday and Pacquiao is a Filipino.
It’s too bad the two promotional companies are fighting over dates because they need to come to an agreement somehow to have their fight cards staggered so that boxing fans aren’t put in the position to make a decision on which card they want to see. It’s better if the fans are able to see both cards.