By Steve Kim
Eric Gomez, the president of Golden Boy Promotions, admits to be a bit drained at this point after finally getting the deal for the rematch between unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Mexican superstar Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez consummated for September 15th in Las Vegas.
"I'm spent," admitted Gomez on Wednesday afternoon as BoxingScene.com contacted him.
"I don't want to say too much but I just want the fans to celebrate that this fight is done. We got it done, the biggest fight in boxing is going to happen, again."
After haggling over percentage splits, Golden Boy Promotions had imposed a noon (PT) deadline for Wednesday for Golovkin to accept a deal that would see him get 42.5-percent of the financial pie for this lucrative rematch. As that time passed, for a short spell it looked like this match-up had flat-lined.
Gomez stated - "It was dead, we were going to move on but Oscar (De La Hoya, the founder of Golden Boy) and I threw a 'Hail Mary' and thankfully Tom (Loeffler of GGG Promotions) caught it."
It's not clear just what this 'Hail Mary' is - and Gomez didn't want to elaborate - but he did mention - "Oscar saved the fight, he made it happen. He's the one who kept pushing for it and he's coming out of pocket here. He should get a lot of credit."
For Gomez, letting this rematch slip away gave him a flashback to a childhood memory.
"I kept thinking back to when I was a kid and Ray Leonard and Marvin Hagler, they had a great fight but they never had a rematch," recalled Gomez of that historic battle that took place in 1987.
"I always wondered how a rematch would go between the two and wanted to see it. So that's what stuck in my mind here."
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.