Gennady Golovkin revealed exactly how unwilling he was to budge when he was being pressured into taking a small PPV share for his rematch against Canelo.
For a while there it really didn’t look like we would get a second helping of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin. The first contest, though very entertaining, was one marred by controversy after Triple G, who comfortably won the bout in many people’s eyes – was forced to watch as the judges scored the twelve-rounder as a draw.
It was a strange but expected call from those keeping scores on the night. We don’t need to get into the allegations of corruption that hovered in the immediate aftermath but with another highly lucrative offering between both men now scheduled for Sept 15, you can make your own mind up about that.
Crazily enough, the first time around, the unbeaten Golovkin received a 30% share of the PPV revenue compared to Canelo’s 70%. It’s a sad sight to see because on paper, both of these guys had done enough to warrant equal paycheques but alas, things often do not work out like that.
In the negotiations for the rematch, however, Gennady made absolutely sure that he was being fairly compensated for his efforts.
Speaking to ESPN recently, the Kazakhstani made it clear that the numbers that were originally offered were ones that he could not accept on principle this time around:
“It was the principle of the matter, 45% for me, not 35 or 42.5, just 45. Good deal, very happy.”
“My original demand was 50-50, but after some thought, I understood that 55-45 was a good deserving number for both of us and if it didn’t happen we were ready to move on. [Golden Boy] knew they would have a good deal either way. I was not going to go lower in percentage to make a deal.
“I said I’m going to agree to 45% and it’s going to be my last percentage. I didn’t think about this too much. First time I said 50-50. Second time I thought, OK, 45 and that will be my last statement. It wasn’t about me being sure or not sure. It was just my last proposition. Take it or leave it.
“He didn’t deserve for me to give him 5% or 7% or less percentage. For my friends, yes, I would do that deal, but not for him. I lost a lot of respect for Canelo. He’s not boxing. I’m the champion. He needs to prove himself to me.
“I don’t think anything about him as a human being. I’m not really concerned about him. I just hope he will be there on Sept. 15 to fight.”
It’s not an even split but it’s a lot better than the one for their first bout. Golovkin will come into this matchup as the favourite in many people’s eyes but this time around, we’re sure that he will not want to leave it in the hands of the judges.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena