Oscar De La Hoya has claimed that Conor McGregor could easily earn the same type of money as Canelo on a streaming service deal with DAZN.
Canelo’s new deal will see him make a minimum of $365 million over the course of five years and ten fights – moving away from HBO after their decision to leave the business.
According to Golden Boy Promotions’ Oscar De La Hoya, he will only be the first to take advantage of the transition towards streaming.
Speaking to MMAFighting in a recent interview on TheMMAHour with Luke Thomas, the famed former-boxer made it clear that the stars of the combat sporting world outside of boxing – namely Conor McGregor – would be more than capable of making the type of money Canelo was able to bag.
The catch in his estimation, however, is that they would have to leave the UFC behind to do so.
“That’s the beauty of being free agents. If you have somebody behind you who’s looking out for your best interests individually, absolutely — why not?
“You take a look at Conor McGregor or you take a look at these fighters who are big, household names.
“Imagine if Conor McGregor was an independent contractor. He can easily get a deal like that on a DAZN or an ESPN+. But obviously they’re with UFC and UFC just works differently.”
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez’s future is all but sealed in the financial sense, a testament to both his star-power on the global level and his ability to draw eyes to screens when he steps into the ring.
“Somebody like Canelo, who is probably the biggest star globally in boxing, is gonna be OK on DAZN’s platform, because Canelo moves the needle. DAZN forked over tons of money, because they know Canelo can bring in thousands and hundreds of thousands of subscribers for them, which means big business for DAZN.”
“I think that Canelo Alvarez is a guy that can fight anywhere he wants to and people will watch.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena