It was January 13th of 2017 when Canelo announced to the world his intention to face compatriot Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at the T-Mobile Arena on Cinco de Mayo, a fight the two-weight world champion eventually won comfortably on points.
With just a few days to go until that date comes around again, fans are braced for a potential rematch confirmation for Canelo to again trade blows with pound for pound king Gennady Golovkin.
The pair met originally in September, with a controversial split decision meaning a second helping was a must, although negotiations haven’t gone as smoothly as both camps would have anticipated.
Teams have worked behind closed doors in an attempt to see out a deal, with the media so far in the dark as to the extent of an agreement.
Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya, who represents Canelo, has only stated publicly of his desire to make the Golovkin return despite consistent rumors surfacing of a potential delay.
Whispers of Canelo possibly fighting Billy Joe Saunders or Danny Jacobs on the date before then battling Golovkin again in September have been doing the rounds, although with De La Hoya and ‘GGG’ handler Tom Loeffler seemingly on the same page regarding a May 5th meeting, it would be a nonsense to put the encounter off at this point.
The 20,000 capacity T-Mobile is again favored to host, with new 154 pound world champion Sadam Ali tipped to feature on the undercard in a first defense of his WBO super-welterweight strap.
Ali defeated Miguel Cotto in the Puerto Rican legend’s retirement fight before Christmas and is due for a mandatory against Liam Smith over the next few months.
Smith would be the ideal candidate for any Las Vegas undercard, and having worked with GBP when facing Canel himself back in September 2016 at the AT&T Stadium in Texas, fits the bill for a massive event.
More is set to come to light in the coming days, one way or another, as fans keep their fingers crossed Canelo v Golovkin 2 gets over the line and sets up one of the highlights of 2018 for the same night as Tony Bellew v David Haye II in London.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay