Now three weeks removed from the monumental spectacle which was Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor, it is time for the two most highly regarded boxers in the world, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin to throw down in Las Vegas.
While the polarising bout between ‘Money’ Mayweather and MMA’s biggest star will undoubtedly have been a more lucrative financial outing for all involved when all is said and done, it is fair to suggest that the action in the squared circle tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena will be overall more exciting than what was on show on August 26 in the T-Mobile Arena.
‘The Notorious’ did display signs of ability to hang with Floyd in the early rounds with snippets of positive moments. However, when the undefeated 40-year-old put the foot down from around the fourth round on, the fight was as good as finished whenever he saw fit. Both fighters departed with hefty cheques in their pockets and neither’s reputation worse off than before.
Tonight, in contrast, the clash off GGG and Canleo sees two of boxing’s best go to war. In previewing the contest, critics and experts alike can’t split the pair when forced to pick a winner. There is no gulf in class in what promises to be a fight for the ages.
In the build up to the historic Mayweather/McGregor event, there was plenty of back and forth in the media between the promoter for that event, Dana White, and the promoter of Canelo/GGG, scheduled for just three weeks later, Oscar de La Hoya. The UFC President and Golden Boy Promotions chief bitterly disputed the legitimacy of an MMA fighter taking on the pound for pound king of boxing in a boxing match.
Well, it wasn’t just the promoters of the respective events popping at each other in the build up to both fights. Check out what Conor had to say about Canelo and GGG in a media scrum back in a time when he was still convinced he was going to knock out his now 50-0 opponent:
“I’m not really too much of a fan of either of those.
“I think Canelo is a little bit stuck, a little bit flat on his feet,” he said.
“Golovkin, I think came into camp for this preparation badly out of shape… I just see a drained individual.” McGregor claimed.
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) September 16, 2017