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Where does Golovkin v Canelo rank on the all-time boxing PPV list?

WBN PPV 28/09/2017
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Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez have been hailed as the new double act to take boxing forward after securing 1.3m sales for their recent Pay-Per-View battle.

Golovkin and Canelo jousted to a hotly-debated split draw on September 16 in Las Vegas and the vast majority of boxing fans are keen to see a rematch happen on May 5, 2018.

As the dust settles and potential negotiations get underway for a second helping, WBN looks at where boxing’s best fight of 2017 ranks on the all-time list.

Floyd Mayweather obviously leads the way with the top four earners and five of the top 10, whilst ex-‘Baddest Man on the Planet’ ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson has four spots from his solid run in the mid nineties to early 2000’s.

As well as sharing top spot with Mayweathr, Manny Pacquiao‘s third helping with arch-nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez has been pushed down to 10th, whilst Canelo’s loss to Mayweather now drops to fourth after Conor McGregor spoiled the party.

Evander Holyfield covets three of the top eleven places, whilst Oscar De La Hoya is another 1990’s star who’s a prominent member of the PPV brigade.

Canelo held a further position in the top 20 until the ‘GGG’ encounter ousted his May fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. as this month’s HBO blockbuster crashes the list at number 16.

PPV boxing events of all-time – Top 20:

1. May 2, 2015 Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao

Mayweather Jr. wins by UD (116–112, 116–112, 118–110)

HBO/Showtime 4,600,000

2. Aug 26, 2017 Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor

Mayweather wins by TKO in round 10

Showtime 4,400,000

3. May 5, 2007 Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Mayweather Jr. wins by SD (116–112, 115–113, 113–115)

HBO 2,400,000

4. Sep 14, 2013 Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Canelo Álvarez

Mayweather, Jr. wins by MD (117–111, 116–112, 114–114)

Showtime 2,200,000

5. Jun 28, 1997 Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II

Holyfield wins by DQ in round 3

Showtime 1,990,000

6. Jun 8, 2002 Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson

Lewis wins by KO in round 8

HBO/Showtime 1,970,000

7. Nov 9, 1996 Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield

Holyfield wins by TKO in round 11

Showtime 1,590,000

8. Aug 19, 1995 Mike Tyson vs. Peter McNeeley

Tyson wins by DQ in round 1

Showtime 1,550,000

9. May 5, 2012 Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Miguel Cotto

Mayweather Jr. wins by UD (117–111, 117–111, 118–110)

HBO 1,500,000

10. Nov 13, 2011 Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Márquez III

Pacquiao wins by MD (115–113, 114–114, 116–112)

HBO 1,400,000

11. Apr 19, 1991 Evander Holyfield vs. George Foreman

Holyfield wins by UD (116–111, 117–110, 115–112)

HBO 1,400,000

12. Sep 18, 1999 Oscar De La Hoya vs. Félix Trinidad

Trinidad wins by MD (115–113, 115–114, 114–114)

HBO 1,400,000

13. May 1, 2010 Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Shane Mosley

Mayweather Jr. wins by UD (119–109, 118–110, 119–109)

HBO 1,400,000

14. Mar 16, 1996 Frank Bruno vs. Mike Tyson II

Tyson wins by TKO in round 3

Showtime 1,370,000

15. May 7, 2011 Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley

Pacquiao wins by UD (119–108, 120–108, 120–107)

Showtime 1,340,000

16. Sep 16, 2017 Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Álvarez

Split draw (118–110, 115–113, 114–114)

HBO 1,300,000

17. Sep 17, 2011 Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Victor Ortiz

Mayweather Jr. wins by KO in round 4

HBO 1,250,000

18. Nov 14, 2009 Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto

Pacquiao wins by TKO in round 12

HBO 1,250,000

19. Jun 28, 1991 Mike Tyson vs. Donovan Ruddock II

Tyson wins by UD (113–109, 114–108, 114–108)

Showtime 1,250,000

20. Dec 6, 2008 Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao

Pacquiao wins by RTD in round 8

HBO 1,250,000

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