With Floyd Mayweather on the verge of retirement, the Boxing World is looking to identify the heir to his throne. It’s a fact that no boxer in history has drawn more PPV buys than Mayweather. When the Money Train recedes, there’s an opportunity for someone to step in and draw the big bucks.
The million-dollar question: Who will that man be? At this stage, most pundits reckon it’s a four-way race between Gennady Golovkin, David Lemieux, Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez. An article on Forbes suggests that “GGG” Golovkin, the current WBA and IBO middleweight champion, is most likely to take over Mayweather’s spot, especially if he wins Saturday’s night’s main event (title unification bout) at Madison Square Garden against the hard-punching middleweight Lemieux. With MSG already sold out, this will be GGG’s first headlining appearance.
Golovkin is already the best pure puncher in the sport, he’s 33-0 with 30 knockouts. Moreover, he’s considered marketable and already boasts of a huge fanbase. Forbes writes, “If Golovkin and, to a lesser extent, Lemieux and his Canadian fanbase can bring in anything more than 350,000 PPV buys, that would be a win for the promotion.”
Remember, the Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao mega bout drew 4.4 million PPV buys. However, Mayweather’s last fight against Andre Berto brought in a disappointing 400,000 buys.
The winner of Golovkin-Lemieux is likely to face the winner of next month’s Miguel Cotto-Canelo Alvarez super-bout. If Golovkin goes on to win that fight, he would unquestionably become the next PPV Box Office champ.
Who is buying the #GolovkinLemieux PPV? Have you ordered yet?
— Gennady Golovkin (@GGGBoxing) October 15, 2015