Dan Rafael of ESPN is reporting that the Canelo-Golovkin rematch sold less pay-per-views than the first instalment. The middleweight title fight sold 1.1 million units. Which, according to Rafael, is the equivalent to $94 million domestically.
Last year, the first fight hit 1.3 million buys. There was also a discrepancy with the gate takings. The first fight’s gate made $27,059,850. The gate for the second fight was $23,473,500.
In the lead-up to the second clash, fans and industry figures remarked on the lack of buzz. This was due to the cancellation of the initial booking, after Canelo’s positive drug test. The rivalry became over-marinated. The atmosphere heated up in the final two days and the fight delivered, however, the figures show that lack of publicity harmed the fight.
As reported earlier this month, Golovkin will look to fight Billy Joe Saunders or Ryoto Murata next. Canelo Alvarez will likely defend his newly won middleweight belts against David Lemieux.
September 15th was a thriller. If Canelo and Golovkin each get another big win, the eventual trilogy fight would be a blockbuster.