The Saul Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin fight brought in 1.3 million buys on HBO pay-per-view for their fight on September 16, according to the LA Times. 1.3M is a very good number for the Canelo-Golovkin fight putting it above the Canelo vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. PPV numbers of 1 million, but still far below the recent Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor buy rate, which is expected to be just a little under the 4.6 million buys for their fight on Showtime PPV on August 26.
If the 1.3 million buys turn out to be true for the Canelo vs. GGG fight, then those are good numbers for a fight that was arguably hurt by the Mayweather-McGregor novelty fight being staged 3 weeks ahead of their fight.
A lot of boxing fans said on social media that they wouldn’t be purchasing the Canelo-GGG fight because they’d spent a lot of money on paying to see the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight, which sold for $100 on Showtime PPV. Just how many PPV buys were lost for the Canelo vs. Golovkin fight from the Mayweather-McGregor event is unknown. It obviously didn’t help the Canelo and GGG promotion having that fight staged so close to it.
You can’t take the PPV numbers released by the LA Times with a grain of salt. Those numbers are NOT finalized by any means, and until we hear from HBO and Golden Boy, you have to see the numbers as still being unknown at this time.
What saved Canelo from losing the fight, besides judge Adelaide Byrd handing in a score of 118-110 for the redheaded Golden Boy star, was the 3 judges giving Canelo rounds 10, 11 and 12. It didn’t appear that Canelo
Canelo-Golovkin ended in a 12 round draw for their fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The draw ended Golovkin’s 37-fight winning streak, albeit by a controversial manner. The fight was an exciting one for the most part, but the results were questioned by the boxing fans, who didn’t see Canelo doing nearly enough to be given a 12-round draw. Canelo means a lot to boxing, so it was a given that Golovkin would need to do something very special for him to be given a decision win. A draw for Golovkin, or for anybody against a superstar like Canelo, translates to a win. The fact that judges didn’t give Golovkin a loss suggests that he won the fight, because you can’t beat a popular fighter like Canelo by decision.