By Keith Idec
Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin delivered at the box office, too.
The card featuring their entertaining middleweight championship bout September 16 generated more revenue from tickets sales than all but two events in boxing history. According to information released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Alvarez-Golovkin produced $27,059,850 in revenue from 17,318 tickets sold to their 12-round draw at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The NSAC also revealed 934 complimentary tickets were distributed for the event. Golden Boy Promotions announced the official attendance on fight night as 22,358, a record crowd in the brief history of T-Mobile Arena.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather-Conor McGregor are the only two boxing events that have produced more money in ticket sales than Alvarez-Golovkin.
Mayweather-Pacquiao generated $71,198,500 in ticket revenue from 16,219 tickets purchased. Mayweather won their long-awaited welterweight championship showdown by 12-round unanimous decision in May 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Mayweather-McGregor made $55,414,865 from 13,094 tickets sold. Mayweather stopped McGregor, a UFC superstar who boxed for the first time, in the 10th round of their 154-pound bout August 26 at T-Mobile Arena.
Alvarez-Golovkin moved into the third spot ahead of Mayweather’s majority decision win against Alvarez four years ago. That 12-round fight in September 2013 at MGM Grand Garden Arena produced $20,003,150 in profits from 16,146 tickets purchased.
T-Mobile Arena, which held its first boxing event in May 2016, can accommodate roughly 5,000 more fans for boxing than MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Kazakhstan’s Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) and Mexico’s Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) are expected to embrace a rematch, perhaps as soon as May 5. Alvarez said after their controversial draw that he won’t box again until that date, but he isn’t contractually obligated to fight Golovkin again.
Tom Loeffler, Golovkin’s promoter, has said the IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion will return to the ring in December. Neither an opponent nor a date have been solidified for his return.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.