Who Will Be The Next PPV SuperStar?

de la hoyaIn truth there have only ever been 5 board certified PPV superstars* since the format became the standard mechanism elite boxing has utilized to take itself to marketplace. They are:

Mike Tyson
Evander Holyfield
Oscar De La Hoya
Floyd Mayweather
Manny Pacquiao

Mike Tyson’s reign as a PPV superstar lasted until as late as June 8, 2002 – by which time Oscar De La Hoya was already a superstar of the format having sold 1,400,000 PPV buys on Sep 18, 1999 against Felix Trinidad. Both Floyd Mayweather & perhaps to a lesser degree Manny Pacquiao transcended to PPV kings through victories over De La Hoya. Evander Holyfield became a financial superstar of the sport against a backdrop of at first being unable to fight Mike Tyson & then fighting & beating him (twice). Thus everyone on this financial elite list of 5 has fought at least one & in most cases two other men on this list. It seems unlikely any of the shortlisted names below will get a crack at either Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao before they retire – noting that Saul Alvarez did get a shot & failed spectacularly unsuccessfully vs. Floyd Mayweather (hurting not helping any future claims to the mantle of PPV king).

The names on the horizon lack a direct lineage to inherit the baton & thus none can be viewed as a probable future PPV superstar. Additionally each lack a certain element requisite in all 5 previous holders of this title.

The shortlist (age)/Chances

Saul Alvarez (24)/35%

Adrien Broner (25)/25%

Danny Garcia (27)/20%

Keith Thurman (26)/18%

Anthony Joshua (25)/18%

Terence Crawford (27)/16%

Jermell Charlo (24)/11%

 *For the purposes of this discussion a PPV superstar is taken to mean a fighter who regularly performed as the A-side on bouts that did 1,000,000 or more PPV buys.


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Mayweather 24 Pacquiao 7

Joel Diaz – Mayweather

Brandon Rios – Mayweather

Fernando Vargas – Mayweather

Bernard Hopkins  Mayweather

Amir KhanMayweather

Alex MatvienkoMayweather by decision

Kevin CampionMayweather by (wide) decision

Adam HeightMayweather 117-111

Jordan ReynoldsMayweather by Majority Decision

Paulie MalignaggiMayweather 

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Dan RafaelMayweather by decision

Salvador RodriguezMayweather by decision

Eric RaskinMayweather by decision

Ray FloresMayweather by KO

Ricky HattonMayweather

George Hanson JuniorMayweather by 11th Round TKO

Ben DoughtyMayweather by decision 

Ben WaltonMayweather by decision

Paul KingMayweather by decision

Matt HamiltonMayweather by decision

Robert AsagbaMayweather by UD

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather is the clear experts favorite.

James DeGaleMayweather

Ashley SextonMayweather

Adam WilcockMayweather by decision

Brian CampbellPacquiao by split decision

Rafe BartholomewPacquiao by decision

Nigel CollinsPacquiao by decision

Bernardo PilattiPacquiao by decision

Carlos NarvaezPacquiao by decision

Roberto Duran – Pacquiao

Ignacio Beristain – Pacquiao

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