Canelo v Macklin offer denied, GGG clash doomed to failure

Phil Jay 19/05/2016

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Golden Boy’s recent statement regarding the Canelo Alvarez v Gennady Golovkin negotiations has left the biggest fight the sport has to offer in considerable limbo.

Canelo has decided to hand the WBC middleweight title over to Golovkin, rather than negotiate a deal in the next few days, and would now heads into a prospective fight as the challenger.

Not a lot of what was released by Golden Boy on Wednesday night made sense if they actually wanted to get the fight done – and since then – an offer to fight recently retired Matthew Macklin has been rumoured.

WBN contacted Macklin, who announced his decision to leave the sport at the age of 33 earlier this week, with the Irishman confirming that he was never been contacted by Oscar De La Hoya regarding a fight with the 25 year-old.

Golden Boy stablemate David Lemieux has also been linked to facing Canelo next, although there is still some doubt as to whether the Mexican two-weight world title holder will actually face a fully-fledged 160 pounder next.

Despite claiming that they will continue talks with Golovkin’s team to reach an agreement, there are many sceptics that think otherwise, and a move back to super welterweight – or at the very least – a catchweight, looks the likeliest scenario for Canelo in the late summer or early fall.

The fans are ultimately the losers as everyone was pulling for Canelo and GGG to avoid a similar situation to that of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, who took over five years to sign on the dotted line and were both past their best when they fought in May 2015.