Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez said that, even though the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. mega fight in 2015 shattered all pay-per-view records, it had a negative impact on their sport because it didn't live up to expectations.
"That mega fight really hurt boxing, especially the big pay-per-view fights. It really hurt it," Alvarez said in BoxingScene.com.
Alvarez is set to square off against fellow Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in Las Vegas on Saturday
Mayweather won via unanimous decision over Pacquiao but was criticized by fans for sticking to a safe, defense-oriented strategy that prevented real boxing action from happening.
Pacquiao was also slammed for fighting with an undisclosed shoulder injury, which prevented him from landing telling blows on Mayweather.
Since then, no boxing match has broken the 1-million-buys, pay-per-view mark as fans became reluctant to spend on a premium service.
Alvarez promised it won’t happen between him and Chavez, when they meet at a 164 1/2-pound catchweight.
“I think if you have a Mexican fighter in the ring — especially two Mexican fighters — you're guaranteed fireworks," Canelo said.
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