Canelo vs GGG 3: Will Gennady Golovkin finally get his third fight with Saul Alvarez on May 2?
Who will Saul Canelo Alvarez be fighting during the "Cinco de Mayo" weekend in 2020?
Although a deal between the Mexican superstar and Ryota Murata was all but done, with the location, date and venue already hammered out, negotiations fell through during the final hour according to Bob Arum of Top Rank, Inc. While the Hall of Fame promoter did state negotiations could pick up again later this year, it doesn't solve the current quandary for all parties involved, including DAZN and Golden Boy Promotions.
So who will GBP announce as Canelo's May 2nd dance partner, and will it be in his customary venue of choice, the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada?
When asked whether or not a deal was close, Oscar De la Hoya seemed to have a specific name in mind.
"Nobody is out. No, Nobody is out,” Oscar stated to various media members in attendance at the final press conference for "Garcia vs. Fonseca".
"We’re actually very close. I can’t say the names, because if I mention the names, they add another zero to their (requested purse). It’s crazy...but we’re close."
"I’ll tell you one thing, it'll be a dangerous fight for Canelo."
Well, that doesn't really tell fans anything...or does it?
For a guaranteed $32 million from DAZN, there are no more easy fights for Canelo on the boxing horizon...especially when competing in the 160, 168 or 175 pound weight divisions. Any superstar who signs a lucrative multi-fight deal where he expects to make at least eight figures per outing can't be expected to compete in many tune-ups or soft-touches...wide odds match-ups will not bring a network or benefactor any kind of return on their respective investment.
Although Canelo claims to be "the boss" in this scenario, he knows the truth...so do his handlers.
Oscar claims his fighter wants the very best...and after reviewing Canelo's star-studded resume, it's easy to believe him.
"We’ll see. We’re doing the best for Canelo, and giving him the best challenges. He wants to fight the best, I tell you. Canelo is a guy who wants to fight the very best."
When asked by a random member of the boxing media before Wednesday's press conference for Garcia/Fonseca whether or not Canelo would be fighting at 168 pounds in his next fight, the Golden Boy seemed very accommodating.
"If that’s what he wants, then that’s what he gets," said De la Hoya about the possibility of Canelo’s next fight being at 168 pounds.
"When we work it out, we’ll let you know. That’s who Canelo is. He fights all champions."
In the boxing business, loose lips do indeed sink ships.
It's no surprise that fighters or managers who run their mouths to any intrusive members of the boxing media customarily spoil potential fight deals. It's more than likely what happened to Ryota Murata. Whether it was an increase in the desired purse amount or an increase in requested fight weight, their deal with Canelo fell apart...or so it would seem.
So who will be fighting on May 2nd at the T Mobile Arena with Saul Alvarez?
Geez...I wonder why?
Does anyone think Team GGG keeps pushing back the projected date for this less than scintillating match-up, because he's hoping to land a much bigger challenge for much greater money to start his campaign on DAZN in 2020?
It's no surprise that Golden Boy Promotions, DAZN and Gennady Golovkin himself have clamored to see the third fight between GGG and Canelo materialize. It is one of the many reasons why the streaming network signed both men to expensive multi-fight deals over a year ago...they hope to stage the big "trilogy" match between both global superstars.
Yes, Canelo Alvarez has more than likely outgrown the Middleweight division and can't compete comfortably at 160 pounds any longer.
Fight fans, don't be surprised if a third epic bout with Gennady Golovkin was the "dangerous fight" to which De la Hoya was referring!
And because Oscar did say they were very close to finalizing a deal for Cinco de Mayo weekend, don't be shocked if all parties involved make a huge announcement sooner rather than later.
Because Golden Boy usually likes to have a full three months to properly promote an event as massive as Canelo vs. GGG 3, and are already behind schedule with only 80 days remaining until May 2nd, perhaps DAZN plans to announce the third fight during Garcia vs. Vargas, February 29th in Frisco, Texas!!
Something tells me that Canelo Alvarez, Golden Boy Promotions and DAZN don't want to be "outshined" by PBC and Top Rank in 2020...expect a huge announcement within the next few weeks!!
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