Saul Canelo Alvarez could bring in a nice payday of $50 million for his fight this Saturday night against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin on HBO PPV at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Despite being the challenger with an imperfect record, Canelo will be the one that makes the bigger money from Saturday’s fight with Golovkin. The 27-year-old Canelo (49-1-1, 34 KOs) is the A-side fighter in this event based on his popularity rather than on his sporting credentials.
“Let me tell you the beauty of this event. We haven’t talked about money the fighters are going to be making.” said De La Hoya to TMZ.com about Canelo and Golovkin’s purses for Saturday. “The pay-per-views are going to be through the roof. The fight sold out in 8 days,” said De La Hoya.
This will be a career high payday for Canelo, which is hard to believe, as he’s been involved in some big money fights in the past against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Miguel Cotto. In those fights, Canelo was the B-side fighter, and he had to take the smaller purses against those well-established PPV stars. Now the tables are turned, and it’s Canelo that is the big money guy and Golovkin is the lesser money fighter.
Golovkin can improve his chances for a better purse if he beats Canelo, but there’s no guarantee that he’ll get a second chance against him if he loses badly or if he knocks him out. While there is a rematch clause in the contract, it’s up to Canelo whether he wants to fight a second time or not.
”Oh, it’s going to be a no-brainer,” said De La Hoya when asked if Canelo will make $50 million for the fight on Saturday. ”He’s going to make a boatload of money, let me tell you.”