Canelo Alvarez is set to return to the ring on February 27th against Turkish fighter Avni Yıldırım for the WBA and WBC World Super Middleweight Titles. For Alvarez it is his first fight since claiming both the WBA and WBC Super Middleweight Title after his unanimous decision win against Callum Smith. Canelo Alvarez has stolen the hearts of boxing fans with his orthodox fighting style and Mexican warrior heart, something boxing fans in the United States love. Canelo Alvarez takes a page from Oscar de la Hoya in that he has movie star looks and packs a lethal punch, his ring record stands at 54 wins, 2 draws, and 1 loss.
To many Canelo Alvarez has some of the best promotion in boxing, he has been elevated to appeal to a much wider audience than just traditional boxing fans, and in a sport that has been desperately needing a star, he may very well be the biggest star of the sport at the moment.
Canelo Alvarez’s biggest fights have grossed well over $605 million dollars in revenue, so it goes without saying he is a box office draw. So, which were the top grossing fights in Canelo Alvarez’s career? Gennady Golovkin, Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Julio César Chávez Jr. come to mind.
5. Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez
The Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez fight had 900,000 PPV buys and grossed over $58,000,000. At the time both fighters had well over 40 professional fights and Álvarez won by unanimous decision in 12 rounds. Canelo Alvarez won The Ring and vacant WBC middleweight titles.
4. Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio César Chávez Jr.
One of the biggest Mexican boxing showdowns in recent memory was the mega fight between Canelo Alvarez and Julio César Chávez Jr., Chávez was badly overmatched as Alvarez dominated him from start to finish. The fight sold 1,000,000 PPV buys, and the revenue was $80,000,000.
3. Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin I
The Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin fight generated 1,300,000 PPV buys for a revenue of $110,000,000, the fight itself was a tough contest that ended in a draw. Although experts believed that Golovkin won the fight narrowly.
2. Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin II
In the second fight between Canelo Álvarez and Gennady Golovkin, Alvarez left no doubt he was the better fighter and claimed a unanimous victory. The fight itself had 200,000 PPV buys less but generated $10,000,000 more.
1. Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Canelo Alvarez
The biggest fight in the career of Canelo Alvarez was against “Pretty Boy” Floyd, and as he has accustomed us during his amazing career, Mayweather took it downtown, although it was a narrow victory Mayweather beat another promising fighter in his prime. The fight generated a revenue of $150,000,000 and 2,200,000 PPV buys.