Golovkin: I Wasn't Even Thinking About Golden Boy Threats

By Rick Reeno

Las Vegas - IBO, WBC, WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin will be the first to admit that it wasn't easy to reach an agreement for his scheduled rematch with Canelo Alvarez.

The two rivals will meet on September 15th, in the main event of an HBO Pay-Per-View card from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

They fought to a controversial twelve round split draw, at the very same venue, in September of 2017.

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When the negotiations first began, Canelo offered up a 65-35 monetary split in his favor.

Golovkin rejected those numbers - and stayed firm on a 50-50 split.

Even after Canelo offered a 57.5-42.5 split - Golovkin still remained firm on 50-50.

Eventually, as they were approaching the deadline of their discussions, Golovkin accepted a split of 55-45.

There were several moments in their negotiations, where Golden Boy Promotions - who handle Canelo - were threatening to walk away from the fight.

There were claims that Canelo would move forward with a September fight with Daniel Jacobs.

According to Golovkin, he paid very little attention to any of the deadlines or threats that were made.

"I wasn't even thinking about that stuff, because we did make a lot of concessions. They knew what our position was. They were playing poker with the people and the reporters. I wasn't even thinking about whether it would happen or it wouldn't happen.  If they didn't take our terms, it would have really been some bad publicity for them - but I myself did not really think about that," Golovkin said.

Canelo was also angered with the negotiations, because he claimed Golovkin was trying to shake him down more money when he initially agreed to a 65-35 - for their original rematch date of May 5.

"That's what their side is saying. They are playing their own poker game. They tried to play some cards that are not always true. Believe me, this deal that we made is very profitable not only for us but also for them. Any deal they sign, they are always thinking about themselves, so this one is also good for them as well," Golovkin said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by robbyheartbaby on 07-09-2018

Man Loeffler and G bossed the s*** out of DLH & Canelo, I can't believe Canelo agreed to 55-45, Golovkin is laughing all the way to the bank brilliant negotiation by his team.

Comment by boliodogs on 07-09-2018

I remember the haters thought it was so funny to call him triple beg. Beggers take what ever they are given. GGG demanded fair pay and he got it. 45% is a whole hell of a lot more money in…

Comment by Travycat on 07-08-2018

Golovkin is always mentally dialed in. Works hard then does his job. Seems to only really care about the fight at hand and lets the suits sort out the politics, which is good from a boxer.

Comment by OldTerry on 07-08-2018

[QUOTE=Boxinghero1;18923290]ggg isn't lying. I don't think he wanted to fight Canelo again. I think he feels he will lose the rematch.[/QUOTE] I think GGG believes he will win but he is a realist and since Canelo is a good fighter…

Comment by JuniorTorres720 on 07-08-2018

You gotta give Golovkin his props for staying firm in negotiations. Golden Boy cracked and him his money's worth. Even if he doesn't command the same popularity as Canelo does he deserves it. GGG holds three pieces of the middleweight…

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