The match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor was obviously the most highly-anticipated fight of 2017, but the hoopla surrounding the event effectively overshadowed a number of other intriguing bouts.
Canelo Alvarez v Gennady Golovkin, which went down in September of last year, was one of the best fights of the year.
The Canelo-GGG fight was set up for September 16, but it was eventually leapfrogged by the Mayweather-McGregor bout, which was hastily scheduled to go down on August 26.
Canelo-GGG still racked up over a million pay-per-view purchases, but it’s fair to wonder whether the event would have drawn even more eyeballs if the Mayweather-McGregor fight hadn’t taken place just three weeks earlier.
However, it’s safe to say the rematch won’t get overshadowed. Canelo is set to defend his head-to-head title against Golovkin on May 5. Floyd deciding to take on MMA would certainly throw things for a loop, but that seems unlikely at this point. So, Canelo-GGG should go off without being an afterthought this time around. There isn’t currently another fight on the schedule with the potential to out-draw Canelo-GGG II.
The two fought to a draw last September at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas before Alvarez was awarded a draw by a shocking 118-110 decision by judge Adelaide Byrd. The same venue will host the rematch.
Golovkin is 37-0-1 in his career with 33 knockouts. He’s currently the WBC, IBO, IBF and WBA middleweight title holder. Alvarez is 49-1-2 in his career with 37 knockout victories on his ledger.
Can Golovkin see out the win this time? It’ll be a tall task. GGG essentially emptied the tank against Canelo in their first bout, but he was still unable to come away with a win, thanks to the judges. GGG’s aggressive style got him in trouble against Alvarez, who was more than happy to take advantage of the Kazakh’s little-defensive style.
Alvarez really wasn’t even in peak form in the previous fight, which is certainly something that should concern Golovkin. He’s now 35 years old, and he’ll turn 36 before the rematch in May. Alvarez, meanwhile, won’t even turn 28 until the summer rolls around.
Golovkin’s track record speaks for itself, but Father Time is undefeated. Even the most prolific fighters can’t stay on top of the world forever. Golovkin is a fighter whose prime is waning, while Canelo continues to rise.
While the first fight was a worthy draw, it’s Alvarez who has a pretty clear advantage heading into round two. Golovkin gave all he had, while Canelo still had room for improvement. If Alvarez takes the next few months of training seriously and enters the ring with the mindset of coming out victorious, it’s hard to imagine him falling short of his goals.
The decline of Golovkin’s decorated career could begin on Cinco de Mayo.