Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez has commented on the recent monetary stalemate involving compatriot Canelo Alvarez and middleweight star Gennady Golovkin.
Following Canelo’s win over Liam Smith last month, promoters Golden Boy revealed a big money offer to ‘GGG’ which they say is more than fair for what will be the biggest fight since Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao in 2015.
The undisclosed deal, which would mean Golovkin misses out on a percentage of any pay-per-view revenue, has wedged both sides in deadlock on a deal to find out who deserves the crown of best 160 pound fighter on the planet.
Marquez believes Golovkin’s position as a draw has now been undermined by Canelo and his team, although the multi-weight world title holder says a bigger slice of the cake could sweeten the negotiations going forward.
“They are really punishing Gennady Golovkin (with their offer) because it’s just a way to avoid to him. It’s a way of saying we do not want the fight,” Marquez told Golpe a Golpe.
“(They are saying) We are not going to pay you that much, would you like to accept it? – Go ahead. Logically they can generate $200 or 300 million, which is just an estimate (of the pay-per-view revenue).
“If the fight will generate a certain amount, they have to pay Golovkin well, because Canelo is not the only one in the fight. Canelo Alvarez is the one with the popularity, but he has to accept the contest with Golovkin if he wants to prove that he’s the best in the division.
“If they offer Golovkin 30, 35, 40% (I think it may happen),” he added.
A date of September 2017 has been pencilled in for the contest, whilst Golovkin and Canelo are both eyeing an encounter with the only other man holding a belt in the division, Billy Joe Saunders.
Canelo believes snatching Saunders’ status would give him more pulling power for an agreement, whilst Golovkin may be able to demand much more himself – should he go on to fully unify the championships.