As the Gennady Golovkin v Canelo Alvarez rematch farce ends any chance of a Pay-Per-View event taking place in 2018, WBN remembers the last ten Cinco De Mayo headliners in Las Vegas.
Golovkin is ready to move to familiar ground at the StubHub Center in Carson, California in an off-PPV event, with an opponent yet to be confirmed by promoter Tom Loeffler.
That leaves a gaping hole in this year’s Mexican holiday celebrations of the famous Nevada strip and ends any possibility of a tenth straight blockbuster at either of the famous venues.
Leaving aside 2008 when Oscar De La Hoya also took his show to Los Angeles, the desert landmark has enjoyed a run of superb match-ups full of superstar fighters.
Here, WBN takes a look back at the previous ten.
2007 – Floyd Mayweather v Oscar De La Hoya (May 5 at MGM Grand)
Billed as ‘The World Awaits’, Mayweather took the spoils via a split decision to cement his place as the world’s top draw.
2009 – Manny Pacquiao v Ricky Hatton (May 2 at MGM Grand)
A gung-ho Hatton was taken out in the second with an almighty thud.
2010 – Floyd Mayweather v Shane Mosley (May 1 at MGM Grand)
Mayweather was rocked by Mosley but largely bossed the fight to see out a decisive decision.
2011 – Manny Pacquiao v Shane Mosley (May 7 at MGM Grand)
Pacquiao did a similar job to Mayweather in keeping Mosley at bay for the twelve rounds.
2012 – Floyd Mayweather v Miguel Cotto (May 5 at MGM Grand)
Many saw Cotto as the biggest challenge to Mayweather’s crown, although ‘Money’ once again emerged victorious despite taking some uncustomary facial damage.
2013 – Floyd Mayweather v Robert Guerrero (May 4 at MGM Grand)
The result was never in doubt as Mayweather had too much class over the course and distance.
2014 – Floyd Mayweather v Marcos Maidana (May 3 at MGM Grand)
Maidana had his successes against Mayweather but ultimately lost and would retire after another lucrative rematch in September.
2015 – Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao (May 2 at MGM Grand)
The most lucrative fight of all time failed to live up to billing and left a sour taste in the mouths of fans as Mayweather won at a canter.
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2016 – Canelo Alvarez v Amir Khan (May 7 at T-Mobile Arena)
Khan showed promise early on but took a full force blow in the sixth from a much bigger Canelo and that was all she wrote.
2017 – Canelo Alvarez v Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (May 6 at T-Mobile Arena)
Despite plenty of Mexican interest and a catchweight, there was only ever one winner as Canelo won every round.
2018 – A missed opportunity