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De La Hoya: If GGG Fight Was Now, Canelo Gets 90-10 Split

By Miguel Rivera

Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya, who promotes WBC middleweight champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, explains why a fight with Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin needs the proper time to build up.

Golovkin, who has the WBA/IBO/IBF world titles, is the mandatory challenger to Canelo. The WBC allowed both fighters to have voluntary bouts before facing each other in the fall.

Most fans would like to see the fight on May 7th, when Canelo is scheduled to return.

De La Hoya says if a deal was being negotiated tomorrow, he would request a 90 percent split in favor of his fighter - because his fighter has a proven history to draw against anyone, the ability to sell pay-per-views against anyone, and holds lucrative television and sponsorship agreements.

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Golovkin's pay-per-view debut last year against David Lemieux only sold 150,000 homes, while Canelo went against fighters like Alfredo Angulo and Erislandy Lara and sold 400 thousand and 350 thousand, and his most recent fight with Miguel Cotto did over 900,000 homes. Canelo's 2013 defeat to Floyd Mayweather Jr. generated the third highest buyrate in boxing with 2.2 million purchases.

Because of his selling power Canelo is viewed as the number one draw in the sport (behind the soon to be retired Manny Pacquiao).

"If I had my way, if the fight was happening tomorrow, the negotiation would be 90 percent for Canelo and 10 percent for Golovkin, so obviously these negotiations would be complicated [if we did them now], but in time we will sit down and put together this fight, because it's a fight that everyone wants to see, "De La Hoya said to ESPN Deportes.

Golovkin is set to return on April 23rd against an opponent yet to be announced.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by RussB23 on 03-04-2017

They are basically asking GGG to fight him for free.

Comment by RussB23 on 03-04-2017

90-10 lol. Thats just disrespectful, i thought they atleast offered like 80-20.

Comment by MDPopescu on 03-05-2016

[QUOTE=aldo5408;16388795]Seems 100% fair 900k ppvs eats 97k ppvs[/QUOTE] No: 100% would be fair (not 90%)... And GGG to bring some money from home too.

Comment by Mitchell Kane on 03-04-2016

[QUOTE=djt117;16514233]You presume they actually want to make the fight. Like one person who responded to your post already said, he's trying to save Canelo from a career-altering beatdown while still pretending like he tried to make the fight happen.[/QUOTE] Pretending…

Comment by otrocubiche on 03-04-2016

odlh is right in trying to get a huge pay out for canelo, as most likely it will be the last time he gets that kind of money, ggg will put a beating on him that if he doesn't retire…

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