The fight between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs generated the eye-watering $8.7 million and 15,730 tickets sold.
Canelo Continues to Draw Boxing Interest
On May 4, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez faced off Daniel Jacobs in a fight for the unification of the middleweight titles category. The game stretched full 12 rounds with the Mexican dominating over Jacobs at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It was a good fight and one that generated a whopping amount of money to the tune of $8,686,750 through the sale of 15,730 tickets. The data was released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
In addition, 1,388 tickets were sold over the threshold, making for over 17,000 attendees. Even though this didn’t hit the 22,000-mark that the hosts had hoped for, it was still a decent turnout.
Despite the impressive result, this is not Alvarez’s largest figure at the box office. His 16-round fight with Amir Khan brought the hosts $7.4 million in ticket sales and additional $30 million in Pay Per View (PPV).
The slightly lower results from the game against Jacobs can be chalked up to Alvarez’s ongoing contract with DAZN, a streaming service. Alvarez has been generating some of the highest viewership for platforms and live venues. DAZN users though have enjoyed a $8.33 promotional package over an entire year. Alvarez has prompted many people to opt into one-year subscription instead of the per-month $20 fee.
Gennady GGG Golovkin vs Alvarez
One of the highlights of Canelo’s career was his fight against Gennady Golovkin which brought in $24.5 million in ticket proceedings. A re-match between the two is highly anticipated and most likely to defy all expectations.
Alvarez has driven almost $124 million in ticket sales in his entire career and he is currently responsible for six of the highest grossing events in the history of modern boxing. He is yet far from topping the live gate revenue generated by Floyd Mayweather’s game versus Manny Pacquiao which brought in $72.2 million. Mayweather broke all records becoming the first $1 billion fighter.
Gennady and Canelo have been unable to schedule a proper rematch, because Canelo failed two independent tests finding banned substances in his blood. Following his defeat over Jacobs, Canelo said that he is prepared to take on “the next biggest challenge” and said that a re-match with Golovkin is not a priority.
However, Alvarez also noted that if the fans were interested in a fight between the two, he would oblige. Golovkin is also prepared to face his Mexican rival. Golovkin called the fight between Jacobs and Alvarez a sparring match, because of the highly-professional style of the participants.
Meanwhile, the next big match is coming up on May 18 when Deontay Wilder faces Dominic Breazeale, which promises to be an interesting fight.