Canelo v Golovkin 2: Less Pay-Per-View buys, more money

Gennady Golovkin Canelo

Sumio Yamada

Pay-Per-View figures have been thrown around over the last ten days following an epic contest between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.

The pair went hell for leather in Las Vegas on September 15 in a contest significantly more thrilling than the first.

Rumors of poor sales have been evident, although a figure of around 1.1 million is now being settled on.

This means the rematch sold 200,000 less than the September 2017 clash but proved more lucrative due to a higher PPV price.

Furthermore, tickets generated over $23m, as confirmed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

This places Canelo v Golovkin 2 in the top five all-time Las Vegas gates and the best ten of all-time regarding Pay-Per-View.

It also sees Canelo make four million-plus efforts on the paid format in total.

Fights with Floyd Mayweather, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and now Golovkin twice have all made it over the magical million.

Mayweather is currently eyeing another top ten position by facing Pacquiao again by the end of 2018.

A third Canelo v GGG fight is already being touted for May 2019 after a potential Canelo v David Lemieux fight in December. Lemieux blasted out Gary O’Sullivan on the T-Mobile Arena undercard to earn himself a promised shot.

As Canelo v GGG would be ideal for Cinco de Mayo, promoter Oscar De La Hoya is hoping to give Lemieux his chance beforehand.


May 2, 2015 – Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao
HBO / Showtime – 4.6m

August 26, 2017 – Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor
Showtime – 4.4m

September 14, 2013 – Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Canelo Álvarez
Showtime – 2.2m

May 5, 2012, Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Miguel Cotto
HBO – 1.5m

November 13, 2011 – Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Márquez III
HBO 1.4m

May 1, 2010 – Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Shane Mosley
HBO 1.4m

September 16, 2017 – Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Álvarez
HBO – 1.3m

September 15, 2018 – Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Álvarez 2
HBO – 1.1m