Canelo Alvarez was on a mission to prove to the entire world that he is the best Mexican boxer on the planet Saturday night against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Unfortunately, that was the date pencilled in for Conor McGregor's superfight against retired boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jnr.
That appears to be in the past, as the fight the boxing world has clamored for is just over the horizon. Additionally, this fight will be fought at almost 10 pounds heavier (164.5) than any previous fight for Alvarez who typically fights at 155. I think the strategy was smart, fight him in the middle of the ring, that's what we wanted to do. It was later revealed that Pacquiao, who struggled to land punches, was fighting with an undisclosed shoulder injury.
A week after Anthony Joshua stopped Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round of a thrilling heavyweight bout in front of 90,000 fans at London's Wembley Stadium, the sport staged another big fight. And the judges had this one right: all three scored it 120-108, a whitewashing for Canelo, who improved to 49-1-1 with 34 KOs.
"Tonight I showed I could move, I could box, I showed as a fighter I can do all things", Canelo said.
A video presentation of Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) was shown on big screens, and the fighter said, "In September, it will be a different style".
Chavez, the son of the Mexican boxing icon Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., is trying to revitalize a career derailed by failed drug tests, weight issues and poor training.
Although Saturday's fight was not for a title, both fighters have a championship pedigree. Chavez is 6-foot-1 and has a 73-inch reach. "And that guarantees that we can give the fans a great fight".
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"He's a good fighter, but I've been taking care of my conditioning and training", Chavez said. GGG has never fought in Vegas, and in fact all but one of his US-based matchups have occurred in either California or NY. He put it down to being out of action for so long before the fight, only boxing once a year ago.
The red-bearded Alvarez is normally mild-mannered, but he had criticized Chavez for his work ethic. Golovkin's famous "Seven Nation Army" walkout song creeped into the arena and Golovkin made his way to the ring as if he were going to fight Alvarez right then and there.
Golovkin will put his WBA, WBC and IBF middleweight titles on the line against the WBO light-middleweight champion.
Despite a four-inch height advantage and an obvious weight edge after he rehydrated, Chavez was overmatched in his first fight under iconic trainer Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain. I wasn't feeling that distance.
Chavez (50-2-1) failed to press the action, unwilling to increase his punch output throughout the 12-round distance.
The fight was a dud and drew audible boos from the crowd because of how one-sided it was.
Saturday's HBO Boxing pay-per-view is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and will begin at 9 p.m. ET.
Now the hope is for a second entertaining big fight in as many weeks.