QUOTE (thehype @ Sep 27 2011, 11:52 PM)
I'm not going to vouch for the validity of anyone's comments, HOWEVER, some things to consider...
- Holyfield vs. Foreman was the first major HBO Boxing PPV back in 1991.
- For pretty much all of the 90's, other than the networks, Don King and Bob Arum were the only ones with any real knowledge of how PPV #'s worked
- De La Hoya and Bob Arum went through a heated split over money concerns around 2001; De La Hoya was unhappy about something
- Given what we know about Bob Arum, a guaranteed # from his mouth is not necessarily the guaranteed # that appears on a bout contract
- In 2002, De La Hoya formed Golden Boy Promotions
- For some reason, De La Hoya was still being promoted by Bob Arum from 2002 to 2005, including major fights with Vargas and Mosley (rematch)
- I'm not 100% sure, but I believe Bob Arum's last involvement with De La Hoya was the Bernard Hopkins fight (look that up for me)
Now, I mention all of that only to say, consider this...
- If you think Oscar was getting all the money he was supposedly "guaranteed" from Arum, you're probably wrong
- If you think Arum was breaking Oscar off the money he deserved from those PPV #'s, you're probably wrong
- The only 3 PPV's events that De La Hoya saw all the profits from as his own promoter were Mayorga, Mayweather and Pacquiao
Now, again, I'm not vouching for the validity of anyone's comments, HOWEVER, I don't think De La Hoya has made as much money in his career as some of you think he has. Don't get me wrong...he made a shit load, but you might be surprised about the REAL numbers he made.
Is he jealous of Mayweather though? I doubt it....but there definitely seems to be something going on between those two.
I would vouch for the validity of these comments. I'll add (and I cant vouch for the validity of what I'm about to add, but it would seem to make sense) - Oscar likely isn't jealous. Oscar may be a bit resentful for the following. IF (and I have no reason to believe its not true) FMJr is really getting a piece of EVERYTHING (food/concession revenue, merchandising revenue, over seas rights (?) - thanks for the hea'd up, Hatton? - ec. etc., I could see a scenario where Oscar looks back and wishes he had the foresight to grab a piece of that pie. THAT said, we know Schaefer is the brains of it all, so can't really put it on Oscar. What's more, and I'm not dogging Floyd business acumen here, but I think it does help having those other PPV stars before him, as well as the contemporary PPV stars (who have since fallen off) along side of him - It gives you ideas on grabbing revenue from revenue streams that others before him might not have had the foresight or experience to go after.
If I was Oscar, and despite all his loot and that hot Russian broad he banged, I'm honestly glad I'm not (I think), I damn sure would come back for a victory lap (is it fair to use that term w him) or two. In theory, he could market the fact that his body was banged up and he needed a rest, and that he has purged some of the demons that had potentially dogged his career. Whether or not it is valid (it probably isn't), he could likely do 1M buys, plus it gives him an opportunity to sip from these additional revenue pools he previously didn't have the experience to swim in.