Canelo-Golovkin Third in Ticket Sales in Boxing History ($27M)

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 He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ox805er on 10-02-2017

[QUOTE=satiev1;18098939]He just fought jacbos and canelo.[/QUOTE] jacobs, who isn't a draw period.. and Canelo got shamed into taking it.. K2 is doing nothing but waiting on GBP for bread crumbs..

Comment by satiev1 on 09-29-2017

[QUOTE=ox805er;18098892]My point exactly.. GP is building Canelo into being the best.. K2 is holding GGG out for big paydays.. instead of taking some financial hits to get him some decent opposition. Canelo and GBP just think he's the top PPV…

Comment by ox805er on 09-29-2017

[QUOTE=Passion Dean;18095277]Weak promoter? K2 might be number 3 in the sport. Tom Loeffler is one of the most respected guys in the business. Yeah Canelo did 350k vs a tomato can, and a guy who's so boring to watch in…

Comment by icha on 09-28-2017

great numbers, they better give us the rematch or even a trilogy...

Comment by sterilizer on 09-28-2017

None of the two fighters is American and none of them even speaks English (GGG tries but... come on!) So that's a HUGE achievement IMHO. Like I've mentioned before, reverse the roles, if Canelo was American and 100% English fluent…

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