Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez continues to serve as among the most bankable boxing stars in the world—even if his latest returns pale in comparison to his own lofty standards.
The reigning World middleweight champion added another belt to his collection in a 12-round win over Daniel Jacobs in their May 4 title unification headliner at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event generated a live gate of $8,685,750 from 15,730 tickets sold, according to final receipts submitted to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Another 1,388 complimentary tickets were issued for the event, accounting for a total of 17,088 in attendance. The final figure falls more than 3,000 short of the announced crowd of 20,203 on fight night.
The only two events besting Alvarez’s pair of fights with Golovkin are Floyd Mayweather’s respective wins over Pacquiao ($72.2 million in ticket sales for their May 2015 pound-for-pound showdown) and Conor McGregor ($55.4 million for their Aug. 2017 money grab).
The May 4 event lands 34th on Vegas’ all-time list, falling just short of Pacquiao’s 2nd round knockout of Ricky Hatton in May 2009 ($8.83 million) but eclipsing Pacquiao’s 12-round win over Timothy Bradley in their April 2014 rematch ($7.87 million).
In his 10 headlining bouts in Las Vegas, Alvarez has now generated nearly $124 million just at the live gate alone, owning six of the 36 highest grossing events in the town’s history.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox