Mother's Day and Canelo Alvarez top Google Trends U.S.Written by Leroy Cleveland
Is boxing dead?
Two weeks ago heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, for the first time in seven years, fought on American soil. Due to widespread interest, his name was the seventh trendiest search in Google U.S. on April 25.
And perhaps it was no surprise when queries related to Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao dominated search trends in Google last week, especially Friday through Sunday.
Yesterday, another boxer fought and subsequently not only ranked high in Google Trends, but surged past other popular newsworthy searches such as 'NASCAR' and 'Golden State Warriors.'
... And, interestingly, he's not an American and no title was at stake.
Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez finished as the second trendiest search in Google U.S. Saturday, behind 'Mother's Day,' of course.
Off the heels of last week's disappointing 'Fight of the Century,' some had written off boxing, insisting Mayweather and Pacquiao were the sport's last relevant stars. Now seven days later, perhaps that notion has been disproven?
Last night at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, Canelo Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) scored a jaw-dropping third round knockout over KO artist James Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) in an all-out, action-packed brawl that aired live on HBO in the U.S. and BoxNation in the U.K.
It was a star-making performance and a bout fans won't soon forget as both fighters electrified the 31,000 plus in attendance and millions around the world.
For three Saturdays in a row, now, at least one active professional boxer has placed in the top 7 in Google Trends U.S.
Will Gennady Golovkin, boxing's most fearsome puncher pound-for-pound, crack Google's top 10 next Saturday when he faces Willie Monroe on HBO?
Google Trends is a public web facility of Google Inc. that shows how often a particular search term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages.
Canelo vs Kirkland facts
Broadcast: HBO (U.S.)
Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
Division: Super welterweight (154 lbs)
Star-making performance? This bout may have crowned boxing's next big star; It was that memorable and well-crafted
Varied attack: Showing wisdom beyond his years, Canelo mixed his punches well, going to body before the head, and throwing right uppercuts under the Kirkland left jabs.
Wicked body shots: Canelo also badly hurt James several times with thudding body shots. One shot was so hard, Kirkland turned his back to Canelo in momentary retreat.
Kirkland brought it: James gave 110 percent and created some tough, uncomfortable moments for Alvarez. His stock as an exciting, hard-punching crowd-pleaser is very much intact.
Accuracy: Alvarez's accuracy is a thing of beauty. His punches were more crisp and precise than those from Kirkland who was a little wild at times.
Composure: Alvarez remained composed; Even while absorbing heavy shots tonight from a KO artist and with his back to the ropes, he didn't appear frustrated, emotional or desperate