Oscar De La Hoya intends to pit Canelo Alvarez against Gennady Golovkin in a high-profile rematch on the same turf as their first meeting at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The Golden Boy boss, who watched on as Canelo earned a debated draw in September, is reportedly eyeing a May 5 Cinco De Mayo date for the clash, which sold over a million Pay-Per-Views the first time around.
“Absolutely I want Las Vegas,” De La Hoya told the Las Vegas Review Journal.
“There’s no place like Las Vegas. These type of events have to take place in Las Vegas, and we have great partners with the MGM group and the T-Mobile Arena and AEG, who are partners at the T-Mobile Arena. So my priority is to stage this fight in Las Vegas.”
On whether he was considering any other options for Canelo, De La Hoya added: “My top priority is to make Canelo and GGG. The rematch has to take place.
“Canelo wants it. Triple G wants it, and so that’s my top priority for Cinco de Mayo of next year.”
Saturday night’s battle between Billy Joe Saunders and David Lemieux could throw a spanner in the works, according to some pessimistic news reports over the weekend, although the likeliness would be a scenario of both winners facing each other in late 2018 – with a place as the co-feature the consolation prize.
“It all depends on how both fighters look,” De La Hoya explained.
“It’s a very important fight for a world title and the missing piece of the puzzle to unify all world titles at middleweight (in the end).
“I’m open to anything as long as it’s a great fight. Lemieux and Saunders can also be in the Canelo and Triple G sweepstakes,” he said.