Canelo May Have Just Pulled the Rug

By Marc Livitz on May 19, 2016
Canelo May Have Just Pulled the Rug
What are we to make of this? Is the mega fight of 2016 now in the can, as in the trash?

Is this another five- to six-year saga in the making or simply just a case of a fighter exercising his rights?

This isn’t the end, or is it? Less than two weeks ago, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez stood in the middle of the ring inside the shiny, new T-Mobile Arena on the glittery Las Vegas Strip. Much to our delight, the redheaded superstar from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, declared his full intentions to face Gennady “GGG” Golovkin as soon as possible. He even went so far as to individually sanction a showdown that night, if need be. Of course, that was but a figure of speech, however what may have hit home with boxing fans worldwide who saw Canelo’s sixth round knockout win over Amir Khan was the assertion that he was ready for the Kazakhstani slugger at any time.

In his own words, he professed, “I don’t f**k around.” Oh, what a universal relief such a statement was to us, the boxing fans. We further learned of the verbal concrete poured upon Alvarez’s seemingly solid guarantee that a September fight with Golovkin was down to just details and we could hope for good news in about two weeks’ time. This seemed to be all we needed to hear, regardless of what the WBC officials threw at Canelo in terms of who he was expected to fight next. If he didn’t fight Golovkin, they attested, then they would strip him of his WBC title. The Mexico City based organization was the group of boxing bosses who, after all made sure Canelo was in place to win his first major world title five years ago.

Yes, after Manny Pacquiao pummeled Antonio Margarito in late 2010, the WBC super welterweight title was conveniently made available for Canelo to grab by way of an easy, walk in the park win over overmatched Matthew Hatton. This is the same sanctioning body which allowed Mexico’s other potential golden egg of the time, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., to grab the WBC middleweight title in June 2011 with a gift win over Sebastian Zbik. Saul held onto his particular crown until September 2013 when Floyd Mayweather Jr. thoroughly embarrassed him with a “Boxing 101” lesson in a bout which was put on the forefront well before its maturity date.

Quickly, let’s ask ourselves, “What is harder to stomach? A fight a few years too early or having to wait for one to evolve long after demanding it?” We went through the latter, of course in the long, agonizing and inexplicable lull leading up to Mayweather’s bout with Manny Pacquiao. Alas, we somewhat began to breathe a bit easier in the first two weeks of this month because we knew, we just knew that we’d get the fight we wanted on September 17, 2016. Canelo versus “GGG” was all but a guarantee.

Think again, or at least think about thinking again. Wednesday afternoon, Alvarez as well as his handlers, namely Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions issued statements which many will see as nothing more than typical promotional sludge.

“After much consideration, today, I instructed my team at Golden Boy Promotions to continue negotiating a fight with Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and to finalize a deal as quickly as possible.  I also informed the WBC that I will vacate its title,” said Alvarez.

“For the entirety of my career, I have taken the fights that no one wanted because I fear no man. Never has that been more true than today. I will fight ‘GGG,’ and I will beat ‘GGG’ but I will not be forced into the ring by artificial deadlines. I am hopeful that by putting aside this ticking clock, the two teams can now negotiate this fight, and ‘GGG’ and I can get in the ring as soon as possible and give the fans the fight they want to see.”

What are we to make of this? Is the mega fight of 2016 now in the can, as in the trash? Is there more to this? In the eyes of the fans, such a decision may feel like a giant sandbag to the face and one which feels all too familiar. De La Hoya himself chimed in as well.

“There is no denying that Canelo is the biggest star in the sport of boxing,” he commented.

“He is eager to get in the ring with ‘GGG’ to show the world that he is also the best pound for pound fighter in the sport, but we won’t negotiate under a forced deadline. Now that the WBC title is off the table, I am hopeful that ‘GGG’ and his promoter K2 Promotions will come to the table in good faith and get this deal done.”

Let the mudslinging begin, if that is what is to be. Is this another five- to six-year saga in the making or simply just a case of a fighter exercising his rights? Perhaps most importantly, what will the loyal fans of the land of the Tricolor think of this news? Mexico loves its futbol and its boxeo. The fans expect their champions to fight the best and not throw smoke bombs in between.

Would this ever have been accepted if executed by such Mexican greats as Julio Cesar Chavez, Ruben Olivares, Salvador Sanchez, Ricardo Lopez or even Juan Manuel Marquez? The time may soon be approaching to push back. Empty seats, anyone? Let the debate begin.

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  1. gonehome 02:17am, 05/22/2016

    hoya promotions like a used car sales man selling lemons, just knew u were gettin duped

  2. No10Count 09:03pm, 05/20/2016

    I said it before - Canelo would drop the belt
    in order to not have to fight GGG and GGG doesnt give a shit about Canelo - as he had previously stated his desire was to unify the belts. This means he will fight whomever the WBC mandates for the vacant belt.  While targeting the other belt holders.

    Canelo is a true middleweight.
    He comes in 175 or more. That is heavier that Golovkin fight night.

    Boxing is dying because it is NOT A SPORT.
    Just entertainment and mostly bad entertainment at that.

    I have also said the remedy is pretty simple -
    If someone is ducking - stop watching there fights.
    WE control the $ these people make.
    So stop being fan boys and nut huggers - STOP watching their fights

  3. koolz 01:47pm, 05/20/2016

    I agree boxing has become rather soul-less.

    I still find many exciting fights!

    Golovkin vs Canelo?  Why should GGG fight Canelo now? 
    He has no belt, he doesn’t fight as a middleweight, and his team are
    Control freaks.

    Golovkin wants the belts first.  He will fight who has the belts and he will
    Fight his mandatory.

    He might go up and fight at 168 for fun but in the end he will
    Come back to middle weight.

    Where in the world do any of you think GGG vs Canelo is a competitive fight?
    Canelo has never fought a middleweight.
    GGG vs Canelo is worst then Monroe

  4. Your Name 11:21am, 05/20/2016


    Now, it’s time to hit the links at the Club and then some sun downers.

  5. Don from Prov 10:45am, 05/20/2016

    And it is not sniping—called responding.  You love the business model, I don’t, which may be why I can’t send you any trove to invest for me.  Adios.

  6. Don from Prov 10:42am, 05/20/2016

    You might learn to read there Kid Blast before you start insulting or pontificating: I didn’t say boxing hadn’t become more business than sport, only that if it has then that spells a deep indictment for what used to be something that was always dirty but at least was once dirty AND noble in its own way.  Now, according to you, and perhaps rightly so, it is soulless.

  7. Eric 09:16am, 05/20/2016

    Vinny Curto? Hugo Corro? I used to confuse Miguel Cuello with Hugo Corro back in the day. Bowe wanted no part of Lewis and Iron Mike wanted no part of an old George Foreman. Even an older version of Foreman was all wrong for Iron Mike, and Tyson knew it.

  8. kb 08:31am, 05/20/2016

    the best fought the best back in the day.

    That is all

  9. KB 08:29am, 05/20/2016

    The best fighting the best stopped several years ago. Maybe around 9/11 or maybe with the Super Middle weight tourney. After that, guys like Adonis Stevenson slowed that concept down.

    But the best did not always fight the best:

    1. Riddick Bowe (vs Lennox Lewis)
    2. Jack Johnson (Sam Langford II)
    3. John L. Sullivan (Peter Jackson)
    4. Jack Dempsey (vs Harry Wills)
    5. Hugo Corro (vs Marvin Hagler)
    6. Adonis Stevenson (Krusher K)
    7. Miguel Cotto (vs Triple G)
    8. Canelo (vs Gennady Golovkin)
    9. Mike Tyson (vs Comeback Foreman)
    10. Amir Khan (vs Kell Brook in the UK)
    11) Vinny Curto vs. Hagler

    This all said, stop criticizing and write something that makes sense. The easiest thing to do is snipe at another poster’s comments with offering anything in return.

  10. KB 08:22am, 05/20/2016

    Oh . you think it’s n not more business than sport? Really? Don’t be so naïve—or maybe it’s idealistic—or probably both Get real and look at it for what it is. If you do, you might understand it better. Cherry picking reflects using risk-reward concepts and even some supply and demand. Exit strategy also comes into play. Actually, I am preparing an article for another site on this very subject. Drop by and post.

    Briggs has used these notions to secure a big payday against Haye. Now Oscar will get Canelo mucho money at favorable business variables. This is how it works. This is how it worked and continues to work for me as I manage my investments. Why not send me some of your “money” rove. I’ll make it work for you. Haye has this business model down pat. So did
    Mayweather is his later years.

  11. Don from Prov 08:03am, 05/20/2016

    “This is more business than sport”
    The most damning position I’ve heard concerning boxing.

    “This is not about mucho macho. Thira is about mucho dinero. ...”
    And this is the saddest comment I’ve heard by a boxing fan.  You used to believe in the creed of the best fighting the best.  Or did you ever really ?

  12. Kid Blast 05:22am, 05/20/2016

    Thanks Gajjers

  13. Steve-O 04:18am, 05/20/2016

    Pathetic. Screw the fans. Screw GGG. Screw his manhood. Hagler and Chavez are laughing their asses off.

  14. Gajjers 08:51pm, 05/19/2016

    Well put Kid Blast; I concur with your practical breakdown of the nature of pro boxing today. Professional means ‘for a living’, but that was equally true back in the day. I’m with you Eric; catchweight contests make moderate sense at times, but catchweight ‘title’ fights just seem a bit too contrived, and they make a damned mockery of the concept of weight divisions. By the way, I hope GGG gets bona fide competition before his career winds down - it would be a shame for his legacy to take a hit through no fault of his. Hey, Hagler gets his props today, but his biggest fights were against ‘smaller’ men.

  15. Eric 03:26pm, 05/19/2016

    Gajjers…This catchweight crapola is one of the reasons why boxing is on its way out and is at best a second tier sport. Boxing needs only 9 weight classes and 9 belts, the cruiserweight division is the only one that should be added to the original 8, either that or revise the original 8. MMA has weight classes that are more in line with larger athletes of the modern age. MMA’s light heavyweight limit of 205lbs would work perfectly for boxing as well, same with 185lb for middle and so on. When you have weight classes seperated by less than a 5lb bag of sugar, it gets pretty ridiculous. Duran is just one of many fighters who never let a few pounds or inches get in his way. Henry Armstrong, Mickey Walker, Harry Greb, Basilio, Emile Griffith, Ray Robinson, and others didn’t mind spotting their opponent a few pounds.

  16. Kid Blast 09:26am, 05/19/2016

    This is more business than sport. IMO Canelo is making (or will make)  BIG paydays with better risk-reward equations. That’s Econ 101.  That’s Bus. Adm, 101. That’s math 101.

    This is not about mucho macho. Thira is about mucho dinero and right now, Canelo’s prospects are better than GGG’s notwithstanding GGG’s perceived superior skills even though he has fought a lesser caliber of opposition.

    Let GGG scramble for his money against Jacobs, Eubanks and./or Billy Joe. And maybe even Lara + ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz

  17. Gajjers 09:03am, 05/19/2016

    Wow Eric, your comparison of Canelo’s tenure with Duran’s just reminded me of how tough, brave & skilled that paragon of pugilistic macho really was. He certainly didn’t tip-toe his way through the higher weights - who the hell takes on Leonard, Hagler, Hearns & Barkley as a smaller man?. I wonder what he makes of the current boxing landscape…

  18. KB 08:24am, 05/19/2016

    The leverage now shifts to Canelo as he can wait until GGG ages and then fight him.

    Smart chess move.

  19. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 07:40am, 05/19/2016

    Shimmell says that almost getting killed by Gassiev was a “learning experience”!? Let’s hope that he learned that his pillow punches only served to encourage Gassiev and that if you can’t make it out of the first three minutes of competition with your opponent without almost getting blasted into eternity that it’s time to drop that course and change your major.

  20. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 07:24am, 05/19/2016

    This blocky son of a gun has a bigger upper body than Rocky Marciano had. Putting aside the fact that Rocky had a pile driving ass and thighs like tree trunks ala Joe Frazier and was probably twice as strong as Canelo….Red shows up fight night at around 180 lbs. and Rocky fought at least one early Pro bout weighing in at 178 lbs. No he’s not a middleweight ....he’s a light heavyweight who should be getting clocked by Beterbiev….period.

  21. Don from Prov 06:51am, 05/19/2016

    What would boxing as currently manifested be without “bullshit”?

    Yet, the world has become such pure bullshit that boxing’s bullshit tires.

  22. Gus 05:25am, 05/19/2016

    Canelo seems to have learned much from Mayweather. We need champions that love the sport at least as the money.

  23. The Tache 05:11am, 05/19/2016

    For what it’s worth, my take on this is that Canelo has no intention of ever fighting GGG at 160lbs and to ensure that he doesn’t have to he is willing to give up his belt. That way he can avoid the embarrassment of having to publicly refuse the fight as a mandatory defense and be stripped, and instead hope to negotiate a catchweight fight for the money.
    As every man and his dog knows he isn’t really a middleweight, I don’t get why he doesn’t just go back to 154lbs. In a few years time he could move up genuinely and fight an old GGG, or he may be lucky and find GGG has retired and the opposition is weaker.
    But of course, the hype and money machine is already in full effect. Perhaps they could agree to fight twice, once at a catchweight and once for the middleweight title, then they could both have a fight at an advantage. Double the money and a ready excuse for any losses, or is that too cynical?

  24. Eric 04:20am, 05/19/2016

    Canelo is a true middleweight who would rather fight welterweights and jr. welterweights. Duran was a true lightweight who fought welterweights, jr. middles, middleweights, and even super middleweights, without the aid of demanding a catchweight. This Alvarez clown reaches the light heavyweight limit when he enters the ring and he has the nerve to claim he isn’t a middleweight?? Basilio was all of 5’6 3/4” and a buck fitty-four when he defeated the nearly 6’ foot tall Ray Robinson. The 5’7” 156lb, 37 year old Duran didn’t demand that 6’ 1” Iran Barkley meet him at a 157lb catchweight. Canelo has been beating up a bunch of little guys.

  25. Melvin 04:04am, 05/19/2016

    Canelo is a pusay

  26. koolz 03:33am, 05/19/2016

    Canelo has never fought a middle weight and he is suppose to fight the best middle weight for his first middle weight fight?

    His chances of winning were zero.

    Now this fight can happen in the future.

  27. SweetScience 02:53am, 05/19/2016

    It’s almost like golden boy GAVE ggg the title so they could quench his thrist, being that ggg is not as young as he would like to be, and they feel he is more after the titles to round out legacy, than he is even after canelo. Do they believe ggg just wants to fight whomever has the belt to unify?
    Or did golden boy feel that by giving ggg the title would the fans not even clamor for this fight any longer? So that ggg can fight Danny Jacobs in september, probably win, then move up jn weight to fight ward, and canelo could suddenly return to go after the caretakers of GGG’S vacated belts in this didvision?
    Orrrr, like we have seen many times before… is golden boy hoping that they can hold out for a fight or 2 before ggg corners them, knowing ggg will take the next biggest fight, as soon as september, and possibly lose in a surprise hiccup, or even win marginally… which would do canelo’s work for him, erasing the need for the mega fight to even happen?
    If any of these possibilities are true… or false… by both canelo AND Oscar both saying they will jot hold the title hostage, giving ggg the vacated belt, it’s like they flipped the script on ggg to “still return to the bargaining table now that he holds the key”. As if they threw the hunting Dawg a nice juicy steak. Which would prove there is more Floyd in Oscars promotional tools than there was in his fighting career.
    Let’s hope ggg doesn’t get enamored by the shiny trick, and still smells blood.
    Because I believe the only hope for us to see a possible new shining trilogy that boxing needs in order to get its bite back that accompanies the bark… a new trilogy like pacquiao/morales,  morales/bererra, vasquez/marquez, gatti/ward… I believe the only path to this possibility,  needs to open in ssptemeber. Too many things can quell the shine between now and ANITHER “1 more fight” canelo needs before facing ggg.
    It’s not like this “ticking clock” golden boy speaks of is even a ticking clock. This mandatory was not some surprise that fell upon canelo after ko’ing khan. The negotiating already “began” after the FIRST time ggg became canelo’s mandatory. .. after barely beating COTTO! They did not need ANOTHER 15 days to quickly figure out the stakes to sign this contract. It supposedly began after canelo’s puffed up, post khan ko, chest blurted put “get in the ring golovkin, cuz we don’t f*ck around”. Pffff… seems like a case of Napoleon syndrome. As if canelo was talking HIMSELF INTO believing so haha. Don’t get me wrong, this extendo lengthed comment is being posted by a guy that dropped lotsa monies at a hispanic pay-per-view bar, cheering on canelo to stop the ranting khan! I’m not a hater. I like canelo. But if anything was learned by canelo when khan surprised us all by actually boxing poised, instead of crazy footed, and actually carrying strength up with his bulk into this mismatch, when khan landed very clean 1-2’s unto canelo’s center face… I believe his entire crew realized that if any ONE of those punches landed on canelo, by GGG himself, canelo would have found himself waking up in the 3rd row of the crowd. Canelo had his feet tangled a few times in those early rounds. I commend him for calming down, not seeing Floyd demons, landing liver shots to set up that feint to the body, followed by a nasty right to put khan to sleep. But I think the early tangled feet may have taught Oscar to project some smoke n mirrors for canelo vs ggg. Though I hoping it still happens. In september. For this ticking clock and refusal to abide by “artificial time constraint” are just that…. smoke and mirrors. Canelo’s second mandatory vs GGG is no surprise to a promoter that had a ton of mega fights in many weight classes his own self…

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