Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Will Canelo vs Golovkin cool the plague of disappointment from superfight?
Last night, September 17, Canelo Alvarez successfully lifted the WBO Super Welterweight title from former champ Liam Smith by beating him up and finishing him off with a wicked left hook to the liver at the 2:28 mark of the ninth round.
After the impressive KO performance, the newly crowned 154 pound champion stated during the post fight press conference that he injured his right hand in the second round of his title winning effort. Although the 26 year old fighter isn't sure how or if it will affect his tentatively scheduled HBO date in December, promoter and mentor Oscar De la Hoya still maintained a high level of optimism and confidence that the "master plan" would not be altered.
"Our plans are to fight in December, and then fight in May, and finally do the big fight in September," the Golden Boy stated to various media members during the streaming post fight presser.
Obviously the "big fight" would be the highly anticipated Middleweight showdown with current WBC,IBF, WBA and IBO champion Gennady Golovkin.
While many insiders believe Golden Boy Promotions and Team Canelo are doing the right thing, by nurturing the match-up into a much bigger money fight, ring legend and HBO commentator Roy Jones Jr. isn't sure the tactic will ultimately "pay-off."
"Canelo stated after the fight that he has a team," Roy Jones told FightHype.com immediately following Canelo's 9th round KO victory over Liam Smith. "He doesn't want to do anything until everyone in his team decides that they all want to do it. So he's (Canelo) on-board with being patient, waiting to hear what his team says."
"When you look at what Floyd Mayweather did, by milking and waiting for the Manny Pacquiao fight, they eventually made the biggest fight in the history of boxing. So of course they (Team Canelo) will take a page from the Mayweather playbook and wait. But you don't want to over-wait so that people lose interest."
The demand for a Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao superfight started to gain serious momentum back in 2009, after the Filipino icon stopped Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto in consecutive performances. But the two most prominent figures of the sport didn't meet each other in the ring until May of 2015, when both fighters were widely viewed as being well past their respective fighting primes.
Although the perceived "mega-fight" was a massive commercial success, generating $410 million in PPV revenue alone, the fight itself was a critical bomb. Millions of mainstream and casual viewers complained about the lack of drama and action throughout the twelve round contest, as well as both fighters' lack of willingness to engage each other in the ring.
For the $100 price tag attached to the anticipated event, most spectators were understandably disappointed.
Canelo's promoter and boxing's former cash cow isn't worried about whether or not Alvarez vs. Golovkin will live up to its billing. De la Hoya instead is worried about whether or not all parties involved would inevitably leave millions of dollars on the table by going through with the event too soon.
But waiting too long to stage the event could prove to be even worse.
"We can't afford to wait any longer than September of 2017," De la Hoya recently told ESNews. "I think Canelo vs Golovkin is the biggest fight that boxing has today, and I think it would do huge numbers because of the fact that the fans know it would be a real fight and would more than likely end by way of knock-out."
"Everybody was disappointed because Mayweather vs. Pacquiao was a dull fight. But I strongly believe that this fight can bring back the fan base that boxing lost because of Mayweather/Pacquiao. But it has to be done at the right time. That time is September of 2017."