Golovkin vs Lemieux purses: Not what you thinkWritten by Leroy Cleveland
Tonight, middleweight champions Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux, two electrifying KO artists, engaged in a PPV showdown at sold out Madison Square Garden.
At stake were not only the WBA and IBF titles but an opportunity for mainstream superstardom for both fighters. And in the end, Golovkin not only earned a highly impressive 8th Round stoppage, he became recognized as arguably the world's best fighter, pound for pound.
So what were the Golovkin vs Lemieux purses?
Did Gennady, a dominant champion with 21 consecutive knockouts who is perhaps the most feared fighter in the sport, earn $10, 15 or 20 million tonight?
How much did Golovkin make for Lemieux?
According to ESPN's Dan Rafael, tonight's star was given a $2 Million guarantee while his opponent, Lemieux, will take $1.5 Million back to Canada. Hence, the fighter dubbed GGG was on the high end of a 57-43 purse split.
Keep in mind, however, the above tallies are presumably the fighters' guaranteed purses. If PPV buys reach or exceed 350,000, the pay for both fighters might increase but would still be a far cry from the earnings Cotto, Canelo and Wladimir Klitschko will generate next month.
"When you talk about getting bang for your buck it doesn't get any better than this," Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya told ESPN. "
"You have to start somewhere, and this is a perfect fight for both guys to start off on pay-per-view."
And while David's pay will be decisively greater than his previous highest paycheck, Gennady's will not as the latter has generated several paydays in the neighborhood of $1.5 Million or greater.
Credit Golovkin for stepping in the ring with another champion who possesses thudding punching power and taking a greater risk for a relatively small uptick in salary, even after PPV stipends are dispensed.