Cotto vs Canelo: Will press tour indicate real 'A-side?'Written by Joseph Herron
Now that the highly anticipated 155 pound showdown between Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez is official, both camps are getting ready to hit the road next week to promote the upcoming event, which is slated to be distributed via HBO PPV on November 21.
Although Team Canelo and Golden Boy Promotions agreed to take less money (60/40 in favor of Miguel Cotto) just to make the fight a reality, GBP and Canelo’s supporters are truly convinced their man is the bigger ticket seller and consequently deserved “A-side” consideration throughout the belabored negotiation process.
Despite attracting more fans (31K plus) on May 9th to Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, than Cotto respectively pulled in at Barclays Center (12K plus) in Brooklyn, New York, on June 6th, the future Hall of Famer from Caguas, Puerto Rico, was adamant about getting his druthers in the financial “war room”.
Was the 60/40 financial split for Cotto vs Canelo just?
While most fight fans believe all gross proceeds should be split down the middle, 50/50, for the upcoming PPV match-up, is Canelo and Golden Boy Promotions justified in their belief that Alvarez is the bigger box office draw and the more popular fighter?
Both men could discover the truth when they embark on a four-city tour across California, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and New York next week. Which fighter will attract the most fans during their four stops on the press tour?
The following dates and locations will be included in the Cotto vs Canelo promotional tour:
- Monday, August 24th, Los Angeles, California
- Tuesday, August 25th, Mexico City, Mexico
- Wednesday, August 26th, New York City, New York
- Thursday, August 27th, Caguas, Puerto Rico
Because both men will be represented by varying proportions, depending on the location, it’s highly unlikely that either team will uncover the reality as to who truly is the bigger draw of the two prizefighters.
Both camps, as well as every interested fight fan, will undoubtedly discover the truth on November 21st, when both warriors settle matters in the ring.
(Cotto vs Canelo purses)