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Loeffler Confirms Golovkin-Jacobs Did About 170K PPV Buys

By Keith Idec

Promoter Tom Loeffler told Yahoo! Sports on Friday that the Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Jacobs pay-per-view show Saturday night generated roughly 170,000 buys based on figures compiled far from cable and satellite companies.

That means Golovkin-Jacobs out-performed Golovkin’s first pay-per-view main event, but not by a large amount. That fight, an eighth-round technical knockout of David Lemieux at Madison Square Garden in October 2015, produced approximately 153,000 buys, according to Loeffler.

Boxing industry insiders expected Golovkin-Jacobs to do more than 170,000 buys. The lower buy rate likely will impact ongoing negotiations for a long-awaited Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin showdown in September because Mexico’s Alvarez is a much more proven pay-per-view attraction than Golovkin.

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The 170,000 buys produced by Golovkin-Jacobs also provided more evidence that piracy is having an increasingly adverse affect on boxing’s pay-per-view business. With many boxing fans watching illegal streams on Facebook Live and other websites, as well using fire sticks with their TVs, the days of fights attracting 250,000 buys with any regularity appear to be over.

Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev, one of the most anticipated fights of 2016, barely cracked 160,000 buys on November 19 in Las Vegas. The buy rate for the Manny Pacquiao-Jessie Vargas pay-per-view show two weeks before Ward-Kovalev was so low, promoter Bob Arum never divulged it publicly.

Golovkin-Jacobs delivered drama in the ring, though, as Jacobs truly tested Golovkin on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. Jacobs, a huge underdog entering their fight, overcame a fourth-round knockdown, troubled Golovkin at times with his boxing ability, movement and southpaw stance, and ended the middleweight champion’s 23-fight, eight-year knockout streak.

Kazakhstan’s Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) still won a unanimous decision over Brooklyn’s Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs). The WBA/WBC/IBF/IBO middleweight champion also went 12 rounds for the first time in his 10-year pro career.

Their highly competitive fight will be replayed Saturday night by HBO, beginning at 10 p.m. ET. HBO also will replay the co-featured fight from the Golovkin-Jacobs undercard, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai’s controversial majority-decision upset of Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez.

Thailand’s Sor Rungvisai dropped the heavily favored Gonzalez with a body shot in the first round, overcame a point deduction during the sixth round for intentional head-butts and fended off Gonzalez’s late rally to win on the scorecards of judges Glenn Feldman (114-112) and Julie Lederman (114-112). The third judge, Woleska Roldan, scored their 12-round fight even (113-113).

Nicaragua’s Gonzalez (46-1, 38 KOs) was the No. 1 fighter on most mythical pound-for-pound lists before Saturday night.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by aboutfkntime on 03-27-2017

[QUOTE=The plunger man;17545399]Do you think this fight sells over a million ppv ? I think its does in fact i think it does over 1.4 million which if thats the case i can see why golovkin wants the percentage split....ok…

Comment by The plunger man on 03-27-2017

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;17544733]I don't have a problem with that my issue is..... YOU have a problem with 15mil, which [I]could[/I] be MORE than Golovkin receives from a percentage split how could you possibly use that as justification to stall/kill the fight? 15mil…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 03-27-2017

[QUOTE=The plunger man;17544723]The fight should be a percentage split....simple as that, if it sells great they do great and if it bombs then they both bomb[/QUOTE] I don't have a problem with that my issue is..... YOU have a problem…

Comment by The plunger man on 03-27-2017

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;17544144]a 17.5mil guarantee ? Canelo/GGG cannot compare to that heavyweight super-fight Tyson and Lewis were huge offering Golovkin 15mil was insane god knows how they did that ? god knows how Golovkin could refuse ? this is an absurd conversation…

Comment by DeLorean on 03-27-2017

if Canelo was from Kazakhstan and GGG from Mexico... GGG would be the A side and face of PPV. period.

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