In an interview with TMZ Sports, Golden Boy promoter Oscar De La Hoya gives his side of what it took to finally close the deal for the Canelo-Golovkin rematch, saying he ultimately reached into his own pocket to come up with the money to get Golovkin to agree to terms.
“Tough negotiation, man. With all the controversy with Canelo testing positive for clenbuterol — and by the way, you know it’s crazy, in Mexico Canelo’s bigger than ever and more popular than ever because clenbuterol in Mexico, it’s normal. It’s like nothing’s regulated over there, so when you eat meat you’re gonna have it in your system.
“So now the country wants Canelo to really knockout GGG, so this fight is gonna be even bigger.
“Canelo has the lion’s share of the purse for obvious reasons. I mean he’s the draw, he’s the sell, and so look, Canelo can fight two times and make just as much money as fight Golovkin, and Golovkin has to fight like 15 times to make what he’s gonna make for Canelo.
“[This is the biggest fight in boxing] and that’s exactly why I couldn’t let this fight fall apart. I actually came out with my own money to bridge the gap and make this fight happen so, hey, I’m down a few dollars but it’s alright.
“I mean, look, GGG wanted more, a bigger piece of the pie, it was a matter of a few million dollars. I couldn’t get it from Canelo’s side because he was gonna stick to his guns on how much he’s making, so I had to come up with the difference. And for the fans. I had to do it for the fans. And for myself, I wanna see this fight!”
Man, Oscar’s just a swell guy...