This is just another throw together thing after reading a stupid tweet.
"21-0 Alfonso Lopez will get $40K to fight Kelly Pavlik. Does Nick Diaz seriously think he could get 5x as much boxing?"
MMAFIGHTING's Michael David Smith posted that on his twitter account yesterday, and fellow MMAFIGHTING writer Ben Fowlkes retweeted and agreed with Smith.
Does Michael David Smith seriously think he knows what he's talking about?
The Kelly Pavlik vs. Alfonso Lopez fight is on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley PPV event tomorrow night. An event promoted by Bob Arum! Since when does Bob Arum give a flying fuck about quality undercards? He's intentionally paying as little as possible to get a name Like Arce on the undercard because he's a Mexican warrior and will get some more buys in Mexico. Same goes for Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. of Puerto Rico. Is Arce vs. Vazquez a great fight? Not at this point in Arce's career, but its a fight made for a couple hundred thousand dollars that will help get a few more buys.
There's a reason why Alfonso Lopez is making $40,000, and its because literally nobody knows who he is, nor do they care to see him fight. He's simply an opponent to get Kelly Pavlik back on track.
Arce, Vazquez, and Pavlik will help bring in some PPV revenue, but only a small amount in comparison to what Pacquiao will do. Its all about the main event, and Manny Pacquiao. People aren't buying this to see Alfonso Lopez, they're watching to see Manny Pacquiao clobber an over the hill Shane Mosley.
When Nick Diaz fights Jeff Lacy later this year, will people be interested? Yes, and Nick Diaz will make more in that fight than he does in MMA. $1,000,000, or close to 5X what he gets in MMA? Maybe, maybe not. But he WILL make more than $175,000. People from both sides will want to see this fight, and even the elusive and rare fight fan will be watching.