Canelo vs GGG 1,2 and 3: Golden Boy really stacking odds against Gennady GolovkinWritten by Leroy Cleveland
Last night, middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez took apart top 10 super middleweight Rocky Fielding and made it look easy.
Dominant from start to finish, Canelo scored four knockdowns (three of them from body shots) en route to a 3rd Round TKO win.
The bout served as Canelo's first against someone other than Gennady Golovkin since May 2017 (UD 12 vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr) and questions linger about Canelo's next opponent.
Will we see Canelo vs GGG 3 in May?
Canelo's promoter, Golden Boy, has reserved significant space at a Las Vegas hotel for a May 4th event. And that's no surprise...
Of course, Canelo Alvarez is fighting on Cinco de Mayo Weekend. But Golden Boy's president, Oscar De La Hoya, has already squashed rumors about Canelo vs GGG 3 in May 2019.
"Is he [Canelo] gonna fight GGG again?," De La Hoya quipped via Boxingscene.com with regards to a potential Canelo vs Golovkin 3.
"Yeah, whenever we say he's gonna fight him again. We call the shots now. Canelo beat him so if he's gonna fight him it's gonna be when we say."
Gennady Golovkin will be 37 in April. Should Canelo vs GGG 3 happen in May 2020, Golovkin will be 38 and who knows how active (fight-wise) he'll be from now until then?
In boxing, 38 vs 36 or 37 can make a difference, especially if that 37 or 38 year old fighter is largely on the shelf waiting for that one big fight.
Yes, Golden Boy is hoping Father Time will have an opportunity to nip away at Golovkin before he steps in the ring with Canelo again or that he gets silenced by Daniel Jacobs or Jermall Charlo, thus killing the public demand for Canelo vs GGG 3 altogether.
Golden Boy is using its leverage to stack the odds against GGG as much as possible. And this isn't the first time.
De La Hoya & Co made sure a provision was written into the contract that guaranteed Canelo would get an immediate rematch with Golovkin after the first fight if Alvarez wanted one. Translated that meant Golovkin had to beat Canelo twice to solidify his spot as the world's top middleweight. Had Canelo won the first fight, there would have been no rematch.
Golden Boy stacked the odds in Canelo's favor. Hence, their man needed to win only one fight while Gennady Golovkin had to avoiding losing both times.
Although the first fight was a draw most believed Golovkin should have won a clear decision. And experts and fans alike are split on the rematch which was awarded to Alvarez. Even if Golovkin had been awarded the first fight, Canelo, by way of the rematch, would have still had leverage because the second meeting would have been deemed more important and relevant than the first.
Again, Canelo had to win only one fight. Had he won the first fight there would have been no rematch.
Although I thought Canelo edged GGG in the rematch, Golovkin, over 24 rounds, seemed to have bested Canelo. Yet, it's Alvarez who received the massive contract and is the biggest star in the sport at the moment.
It's Canelo with all of the buzz despite the fact many believe he should be 0-2 or 0-1-1 in his bouts against Golovkin.
Wise promoting from Golden Boy...
Canelo Alvarez is their cash cow. Why would they put their ace in the ring with GGG without some form of insurance or protection?
Golden Boy started stacking the odds against Gennady Golovkin before the first fight was signed; And they are still doing it.
It's shrewd and unfair; But it's what a good promoter does.