Word broke on Wednesday that the numbers were tallied and in, and that the Sept. 16 Canelo Alvarez versus Gennady Golovkin middleweight showdown did 1.3 million PPV buys. This guy and that guy ran with it. I saw it here.
You, a listener to the TALKBOX podcast, know that we told you first that we were told the scrap did significantly more than what Canelo versus Julio Cesar Chavez bout did…but no exact, or exact as these things can be, tally was offered.
Check out this heaping helping of cold water thrown on the 1.3 million report from yesterday, courtesy of Golden Boy.
STATEMENT FROM GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS AND GGG PROMOTIONS ON REPORTS OF CANELO-GOLOVKIN PAY-PER-VIEW NUMBERS
LOS ANGELES (Sept. 28, 2017) While everyone at Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions appreciate the media’s recognition that the fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin was an enormous success, the figure that is being cited by some news outlets is simply inaccurate.
Not only are satellite operators and cable companies still in the process of compiling data, that number does not include online PPV sales through RingTV.com, Sony Play Station,and Sling TV which far exceeded any previous fight featuring Canelo or Golovkin. The bottom line is that we expect the final numbers to be well north of current reports, and we will make a decision on reporting those numbers when we know they are accurate.
One takeaway is that delivery methods and platforms are a-changing. You must have access to those Playstation and Sling numbers, because, presumably, they are not insignificant.