Gennady Golovkin will get a shot at redemption as he takes on Canelo Alvarez this Saturday. In their previous two bouts, Canelo won the second one and their first fight was a majority draw. While Canelo has gone on to become the first undisputed super middleweight champ, GGG has only fought 4 times over the last four years.
Canelo Alvarez took on the WBA (Super) light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol in his last fight. After beating Sergey Kovalev inside the Madison Square Garden (MSG) for the WBO light heavyweight title, the expectations were high for Canelo to do well against Bivol. However, the extra weight was a burden for him and Alvarez looked flat against Dmitry.
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But he returns at super middleweight for the fight against Gennady. He will defend the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, WBO and The Ring super middleweight titles against the 40-year-old. While GGG will be aiming to avenge his last loss, Canelo will look to bounce back after the last defeat against Bivol. So it promises to be an amazing fight inside the T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas.
Ahead of the trilogy fight, let’s find out how well their previous two fights did in terms of business and PPV buys.
Canelo Alvarez vs GGG 1: How many PPVs did the event sell
The first Pay Per View (PPV) took place inside the same T-Mobile Area on 16th September 2017. Coming into that fight, Canelo held The Ring middleweight title, while Gennady Golovkin had the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF and IBO middleweight titles under his possession. Canelo was looking to dethrone Golovkin and grab the title and it made for an excellent fight.
As previously mentioned, the fight was a split draw. While one judge had the fight 114-114, the other two scored it 118-110 (Canelo) and 115-113 (GGG). The bout was extremely entertaining and it generated 1.3 million PPV buys as per ESPN. The event also generated $27,059,850 from ticket sales.
Canelo vs GGG 2: How many PPVs did the event sell?
The rematch had a lot of issues leading into the event. Although the fight was supposed to take place in May of 2018, the fight had to be postponed as Canelo tested positive for PEDs. However, Canelo was later cleared to fight as it was revealed that the consumption of tainted meat in Mexico caused the issue.
However, it led to GGG accusing Alvarez of taking steroids on will. The whole drama somewhat dampened the mood for the fight. The second contest which Canelo won via majority decision, sold 1.1 million PPVs. The report also stated that the event sold 16,732 tickets and generated a revenue of $23,473,500.