The numbers for boxing’s super-fight between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennady ‘Triple G’ Golovkin are in and they prove that boxing’s year was most certainly one to remember.
For all of this talk of the death of the sport of boxing and ever-increasing ground that mixed martial arts is making up on it, 2017 – all things considered, was a fantastic year for the sweet science.
Canelo/Chavez Jr. started the year off strong by becoming the first fight in thirteen years not featuring leading draws Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao to break one million buys and through Ward/Kovalev, Klitschko/Joshua, Pacquiao/Horn and even Mayweather/McGregor, the biggest fights from a name-power standpoint paid off for the fans.
With the year winding down some eagerly anticipated showdowns still remain but today, Lance Pugmire of the LA Times reported that the sport’s most-watched fight of the year was, in fact, its most prestigious one, as he claimed that a source ‘intimately familiar with the sales’ told him that the super-fight between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin had brought in an impressive 1.3 million PPV buys.
For context, a figure like that – if true – would make Canelo/GGG the biggest pay-per-view that didn’t feature either Mayweather or Pacquiao since Lennox Lewis knocked out the legendary Mike Tyson back in 2002.
It’s a huge step up for Gennady Golovkin exposure-wise, yes, but his showing on the night and the valiant fight he fought had many believing that he did enough to come away with the win.
Still, with the rematch now all-but-booked, fans can now look forward to seeing exactly how the second offering plays out compared to the first, and whether Canelo/Triple G II can build on the financial success of the original.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena