By Allan Fox: Gervonta Davis vs. Mario Barrios will be selling for $69.99 on Showtime pay-per-view on June 26th from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta. That might be a little pricey for what shapes up to be a mismatch on paper for Tank.
If Tank-Barrios bombs with the public, bringing in very PPV buys, Mayweather Promotions needs to see it as a hint that they can’t sell slop to the fans. Floyd Mayweather Jr is getting away with it, but it’s a different story with Tank Davis.
Tank’s last fight against Leo Santa Cruz went for the same $69.99, but at least that was a match that was one that the casual/hardcore boxing fans had some interest in.
It’s a different story with Tank vs. Barrios, though, as many boxing fans have never heard of or seen Mario before. We know that Barrios (26-0, 17 KOs) is unbeaten, and he holds the WBA ‘regular’ light welterweight title.
Barrios hasn’t been a champion for long, and his opposition has been less than spectacular during his eight-year professional career.
Given that ew fans have heard of Barrios, Mayweather Promotions should have put the fight on regular Showtime instead of PPV.
It’s in the same boat as the Teofimo Lopez vs. George Kambosos Jr fight on Triller PPV. Fans aren’t familiar with Kambosos, and he’s not rated highly, yet Teofimo is still insisting on fighting him on PPV.
Ellerbe says Tank is catching up to Canelo
“He’s the only young fighter out there that you can take anywhere, and he’s going to sell out,” said Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe to Fighthype about Tank Davis.
“There’s not one fighter out there that can do that, not one in the sport. He didn’t do that in Miami,” Ellerbe said when told that Canelo can sell out different venues across the U.S.
“He did it in Dallas, of course, he did, but he didn’t do it in Miami. That’s not shot at him because he’s a big star in the sport, but Tank is on that a** as far as becoming an attraction. I’ve been telling everybody, and now they’re starting to see it,” Ellerbe said.
Ellerbe is going overboard in saying that Tank Davis is catching up to Canelo Alvarez in terms of popularity.
Mayweather Promotions are matching Tank against the wrong type of opposition for him to catch up to Canelo. What they should have done is keep Tank at 135, and put him in with one of these guys:
- Teofimo Lopez
- Ryan Garcia
- Vasily Lomachenko
- Devin Haney
Gervonta Davis has tremendous boxing skills
“First all, that was an exhibition, and that’s not even Floyd’s style of fighting,” Ellerbe said about Floyd Mayweather Jr walking down YouTuber Logan Paul last Sunday.
“Tank walks you down, and he goes to get you, and it’s from round one. That’s what I admire about him is that he’s going to give the fans exactly what they want to see. There’s no doubt, and he’s going to die trying.
“That’s his style of fighting, and he’s become extremely successful with that. But that’s the only style you guys have seen. Tank is a tremendous boxer,” said Ellerbe.
Tank Davis is just a pure slugger, and he hasn’t shown himself to be a boxer. He goes after his opponents looking to destroy them, and that’s all he does.