Saul Canelo Alvarez and his promoters at Golden Boy Promotions are crowing about them making an eight figure offer to IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin for a fight between them next year in September 2017. Golovkin’s management chose not to agree to that offer, as they want a percentage deal of some kind.
From the comments made by Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez, they don’t seem to be willing to give Golovkin a percentage deal. Gomez is saying that he can prove to Golovkin’s team that Canelo is the bigger draw. He may be the bigger draw, but without Golovkin, they don’t have the fight for Canelo.
Eric Gomez of Golden Boy Promotions said this to the latimes.com:
“We’re serious about wanting to make the [Canelo-Golovkin] fight. No excuses to get out of it. We’re willing to make the fight. The notion we’re scared is ridiculous. Call our bluff. We’re ready to make the fight.”
If Golovkin takes the fight with Canelo for $10 million and the fight makes over $100 million, then there’s not much equal sharing going to be going on. But if that’s the offer that Golden Boy is willing to give to Golovkin right now while he’s still young and in his prime, then he’s going to need to make a decision whether to take the fight or not. Golovkin can walk away and forget about Canelo, but he has to realize they’re probably going to wait him out until he’s old before they look to seriously make the fight.
The flat fee offer that was made a year out by Golden Boy to Golovkin screams out as a fake one. How do you expect Golovkin and his management to take Golden Boy seriously with them coming up with a flat fee over one year out? That move seems more like smoke and mirrors on Golden Boy’s part to give the perception to the boxing public that they want to make the fight with GGG, but in reality they might not want that at all.
By making sure that they told the boxing public about the offer following the Canelo vs. Liam Smith fight on September 17, it has some fans fooled into thinking that they were serious about wanting to make the fight. You can argue that Golden Boy needed to do something to get the heat off from the media and fans due to many of them believe that Canelo and Golden Boy are ducking the fight.