REPORT: Dodger Stadium leading venue choice for Canelo-GGG

REPORT: Dodger Stadium leading venue choice for Canelo-GGG

REPORT: Dodger Stadium leading venue choice for Canelo-GGG

Photo: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Photo: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

By Danny Z, Senior Writer

May 13, 2017


LOS ANGELES - Golden Boy Promotions' CEO, Oscar De La Hoya, has revealed that the Dodgers have made a generous offer in the quest to secure the biggest fight since Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao back in 2015. 

First reported by the Los Angeles Times, NBA legend Erving "Magic" Johnson had a conversation with De La Hoya in hopes to lure the ten-time world champion to the 55,000 (which could be more with potential floor seating) seat stadium in the City of Angels. Johnson, 57, became an owner of the baseball franchise when he linked up with a group of investors back in 2012 to purchase the team. 

I like the fact that we’re both in the ‘92 Olympics, that we’re both L.A. boys, that we’re both entrepreneurs and that we’re both friends. So, it’s very intriguing.
— Oscar De La Hoya, per the L.A. Times

This bout between Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Gennady "GGG" Golovkin has been brewing for almost two years, and September 16 has finally been announced as the official date following Alvarez's one-sided decision victory against Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. last Saturday night in Las Vegas. Traditionally, most large-scale fights occur in Las Vegas -- mostly because of the revenue the city can produce, along with the notion that Nevada maintains no state income tax. However, the L.A. Times also reported that the California State Athletic Commission has been busy calculating the figures in hopes to enhance the sales pitch of having the event happen within California. 

With the quality and prevalance of boxing fans here, the attention these fighters will get from those communities is worth something, even a little more income tax.
— John Carvelli, California State Athletic Commission Chair

Other venues who have expressed much desire to play host, are Jerry Jones' AT&T Stadium in Dallas, New York's Madison Square Garden, and even Los Angeles' Staples Center which is within close proximity to Dodger Stadium. 

Last Saturday's bout reportedly cracked one million pay-per-view (PPV) buys, according to the L.A. Times. Nevertheless, the fight between Alvarez and Golovkin is sure to easily pass that figure and filling up a place such as Dodger Stadium will be a new modern spectacle in the Southern California boxing scene. 

From everything I know right now, Magic and the Dodgers are front-runners. It’s an exciting fight. Everyone wants it.
— Oscar De La Hoya, per the L.A. Times

Danny Z is a Senior writer for Frontproof Media. He is the founder of Z-BoxingNews (a partner with Frontproof Media), a YouTube channel that delivers the latest news, interviews, fighter workouts, & analysis within the sport. Check out the Z-BoxingNews YouTube channel HERE. Also follow on Twitter @DannyZ_Boxing

(Feature photo: Tom Hogan/Hogan photos)

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