GGG's promoter says they're willing to bend to make Canelo fight happen
October 20, 2016
“The negotiations are progressing,” said Loeffler. “We’d like them to go a little faster, but it’s such a big fight, between number one and number two in the middleweight division, and it’s a fight that boxing fans want to see. So hopefully we’ll have it wrapped up shortly and be able to announce it for next year.
On the prospect of a 50/50 purse split, he said “You could make an argument either way. Gennady has unified many of the titles and it’s been hard work. While Canelo is a proven pay per view star – Gennady himself has proved he can sell out arenas in NY, LA, and London. Canelo has sold 50k tickets in Dallas. It’s just working out a deal that makes sense for both sides.
Golovkin however, didn’t sound so optimistic on the prospect of a 2017 fight. Abel Sanchez, his trainer, thinks that Golden Boy’s offer is “ridiculous,” and GGG said this:
“I do not know if the fight with Canelo is possible, one of the problems is the money. What they offer is a problem. I have no problem to fight, it can be done anytime. I’m ready to step into the ring at any time. I don’t know if Canelo is ready. You have to go and ask him. I hope the fight happens next year. My next fight could be with him – no problem and [we can do it] anywhere. I’m ready right now, but the problem is with his team.”
Apparently Golden Boy is still wanting to give Golovkin a flat fee, but he wants a percentage split of the revenue.
So not exactly encouraging stuff. This fight really needs to happen soon, as GGG isn’t getting any younger. Golovkin certainly deserves a good amount of the money since he is the champion at this point and can bring in a big audience of his own, it is pretty unfortunate that they can’t come up with something. What do you think? Should GGG take less money to make the fight happen?