Golden Boy promoter Oscar De La Hoya is clearly using Gennady Golovkin’s narrow win over Daniel Jacobs as a negotiating tool for a possible Triple G vs. Canelo Alvarez fight.
Oscar De La Hoya is up to his old tricks again. The Golden Boy promoter keeps talking about a fight between his cash cow Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and middleweight king Gennady Golovkin, but does he actually want it to happen? He’s taken every opportunity to say that Canelo is the “A side” of the fight and based on that, he will only offer Golovkin a flat fee (which Oscar says is eight figures) to make the bout. Of course, Triple G’s promoters feel that a percentage-based purse makes more sense.
But in the wake of Golovkin’s close win over a game Daniel Jacobs last weekend, Oscar seized the opportunity to spout his “A side” rhetoric again and make it clear that his camp is in complete control of any negotiations that take place (via the LA Times):
“Not that [Golovkin’s value] went down,” De La Hoya said. “I just feel that given today’s market, I really feel that GGG’s side has to be more than fair to make this fight.
“I actually believe [the percentages of making the fight] decrease. It all depends on the negotiations – and we’ll continue talks – but now obviously we clearly know who the ‘A’ side is and that’s obviously Canelo. So I’m going to instruct my president, Eric Gomez, to continue talks and, hopefully, it can get done, but I strongly feel Canelo is obviously the ‘A’ side and there’s no doubt about it.”
With the Golovkin/Jacobs fight reportedly only drawing 130-150k buys on PPV, Oscar will believe he has even more leverage here. It’s not like Canelo’s last fight did gangbusters on PPV though either, drawing in the area of 300k against Liam Smith. That sounds a lot better than Triple G’s numbers, but considering he did 900k against Miguel Cotto and 460k against Amir Khan, it was a pretty big disappointment.
Well, it was to everyone but Oscar of course, who said he was “extremely happy” with the 300k number.
Overall, this is just Oscar being Oscar, and we can add it to the list of outlandish and plain old goofy things he’s said lately. For now, Canelo is scheduled to face off with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on May 6th at 165 pounds.