Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez has lost all respect for Gennady Golovkin and his team as the bad blood between the pair continues to boil over.
The 28 year-old, who claimed a controversial draw in their first meeting back in September, has questioned statements made by Golovkin and trainer Abel Sanchez during his six-month suspension for Clenbuterol.
“I don’t know why Golovkin’s corner or team have been aggressive in their talks. It may be because of the rivalry we have. I don’t know. I think they’ve gone too far. They’ve gone beyond just trying to sell the fight with their statements,” said Canelo.
“I don’t like talking or instigating with the fighter or even trying to make a show to sell the fight. People know that when we get into the ring, we’re going to give a great fight, period.
“In some sense, he might have offended me. But I always consider who’s saying what. The truth is that Golovkin is my opponent, so I understand it.
“With Abel Sanchez, it doesn’t worry me at all. Because at the end of the day, what about him? At the end of the day, he’s not going to get in the ring with me.
“It got more personal this time around. The little respect that we had for each other was lost. I’m using this as motivation.
“Everything that he has said has made it personal. What they said about who I am as a person has made it personal. But I will use it intelligently to my benefit this September 15,” he added.
Canelo knows he has a reputation to repair ahead of a second Las Vegas date with Golovkin, with the small matter of three world titles merely a side note and a bonus.
The victor claims the spoils along with the number one spot in the middleweight division, but for Canelo, a career-best triumph would mean much more than that at the T-Mobile next month.