Canelo-GGG Does 1.3 Million PPVs
The middleweight title fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin was the closely-contested slugfest that fans were hoping for, and the business numbers coming out of the fight are equally impressive.
Days after news broke of the Canelo-GGG gate being the third-highest in Las Vegas history, LA Times is reporting that the 160-lb. championship fight sold 1.3 million pay-per-views.
The figure is the highest of Golovkin’s career by a long-shot. He has fought in two pay-per-view headliners previously, against David Lemieux and Danny Jacobs, though neither cleared 200,00 buys. Canelo has broken a million buys as recently as his last fight against Julio Cesar Chavez. These numbers are his highest since his 2013 loss to Floyd Mayweather, which cleared 2 million buys.
Excluding Mayweather-McGregor, the 1.3 million buys represents the highest pay-per-view figure since Mayweather’s record-breaking fight against Manny Pacquiao, which were 4.6 million buys. The official numbers haven’t come in for Mayweather-McGregor, but it is alleged to be under 4.4 million.
What the Canelo-Golovkin fight had in action it lacked in resolution; the fight was declared a draw, with one glaringly bad scorecard giving the fight to Canelo by a margin of 118-110.
Regardless of the controversial result, the impressive gate and pay-per-view numbers all but guarantee that Canelo and Golovkin will fight again sometime in 2018, and they’ll look to make the rematch an even bigger financial success.