Oscar De La Hoya has revealed he parted with 'millions of dollars' to ensure a rematch between Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin got the go ahead.
The original bout middleweight bout back in September last year concluded in a hotly-disputed draw.
Canelo had to withdraw from May's scheduled rematch after failing two drugs' tests which saw him banned for six months, but will be free to return from August, ahead of September's rematch.
And promoter De La Hoya has revealed how he was so keen to make sure that the fight was saved, he was even forced to plough his own finances into making the bout between the pair a possibility.
De La Hoya, who now acts in a management position for the 27-year-old Mexican Alvarez, said that Golovkin's team had previously expressed an interest for greater financial rewards ahead of the proposed fight, which saw the 45-year-old American dip into his own pocket to fund the rematch.
"I actually came out with my own money to bridge the gap and make this fight happen," De La Hoya explained to American broadcaster, TMZ.
"GGG wanted a bigger piece of the pie. It was a matter of a few million dollars. I couldn't get it from Canelo's side because he was gonna stick to his guns ... so I had to come up with the difference."
So we actually have De La Hoya to thank for the opportunity to witness two of the most dangerous fighters on the planet go toe-to-toe once more.
Let's just hope we get a more impressive performance from the judges this time too.
The two foes will finally reignite their rivalry on September 15 with the WBA and WBC belts all up for grabs.News Now - Sport News