The biggest boxing match of the year will transpire later tonight (Sat., Sept. 16, 2017) live on HBO pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, as Ring middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) tries to become the first fighter to dethrone undefeated WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs).
Outside of Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor, Canelo’s clash with “GGG” is widely considered the most-anticipated boxing match since Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao. That’s because Golovkin has ran through all of his previous 37 opponents and Alvarez sports a phenomenal career record with his only loss coming at the hands of the aforementioned Mayweather. Not to mention both boxers sling heavy leather and hunt for the knockout.
A main event as big as Canelo vs. Golovkin has its obvious perks, including an opportunity to rake in millions. While the Mexican-born Alvarez and the Kazakhstan-born Golovkin will earn more and more cash as the PPV numbers roll in, the two world champions are guaranteed to walk away with their impressive fight purses.
According to ESPN senior writer Dan Rafael, here are the complete fight salaries for the PPV main card:
- Canelo Alvarez ($5 million) vs. Gennady Golovkin ($3 million)
- Joseph Diaz ($200,000) vs. Rafael Rivera ($15,000)
- Diego De La Hoya ($80,000) vs. Randy Caballero ($50,000)
- Ryan Martin ($50,000) vs. Francisco Rojo ($25,000)
Not too shabby for Canelo, who also banked $5 million his last time out, and Golovkin, who is walking away with $500,000 more than his previous tilt with Daniel Jacobs this past March. Only time will tell how much more Canelo and “GGG” make after fight fans start ordering the HBO PPV event later tonight.