Oscar De La Hoya has opened up on what it took at the last-minute to finally get the Gennady Golovkin vs Canelo Alvarez rematch over the line.
The fight is set for September 15th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas but it so nearly didn’t happen.
Gennady Golovkin would not budge on his position of wanting 45% of the fight split and Canelo and his team were not prepared to move from their position either.
In the end, the 55-45 split in favor of Canelo was agreed but it took Oscar De La Hoya, promoter of Canelo Alvarez, to come up with the cash personally to make the fight happen.
Speaking to TMZ, De La Hoya admitted:
“I actually came up with my own money to bridge the gap and make the fight happen. I’m actually down a few dollars but that’s okay. Triple G wanted a bigger piece of the pie. It was a matter of a few million dollars. I couldn’t get it from Canelo’s side as he was sticking to his guns on how much he is making so I had to come up with the difference.”
The fight should provide a return to De La Hoya mind you.
Perhaps the biggest fight that can be made in boxing right now – outside of a possible Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder heavyweight bonanza.