MANILA, Philippines – Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer believes a mega-fight between unbeaten boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has the potential to break the all-time record for pay-per-view buys.
“I think that the potential fight between Mayweather and Alvarez is getting bigger with each passing month or each passing fight,” Schaefer told Robert Morales of Boxing Scene.
“I do think if that fight eventually happens, that it can definitely be a record-breaker,” he added.
Mayweather and Alvarez, who are both promoted by Golden Boy, plan to return to action on May 4 at the MGM Grand against separate opponents.
If they are successful, there is a big chance that Mayweather and Alvarez will fight each other on September 14, and Schaefer believes this fight may end up breaking the all-time PPV record.
Mayweather currently shares the record after his May 2007 fight against current Golden Boy president Oscar De La Hoya drew 2.5-million PPV buys.
“Do I think that Floyd Mayweather is substantially bigger today than when he fought Oscar De La Hoya? Absolutely. Do I think that Canelo is yet as big as Oscar? No, I don’t think so, but I think he’s getting there,” Schaefer said.
“Do I think this could be a record-breaker? Absolutely.”
Mayweather has confirmed that he will return to the ring on May 4, with interim welterweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero as a possible opponent. Alvarez has yet to announce who his foe will be.