If fans had their way and we were somehow time machined collectively back into the ways of the 1980s, WBO super welterweight champion Canelo Alvarez (48-1-1, 34KO's) vs. WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight king Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (36-0, 33KO's) would have happened last week.
Alvarez would not have re-invaded super welterweight waters and Rocky Balboa'd Liam Smith to capture his WBO belt. Hell, he wouldn't have handed in his WBC middleweight belt either, and would have won it at a full 160.
We would've never witnessed a lion-like GGG stalking and hunting down IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook like he was a spotted leopard out of his territory.
Canelo vs. Golovkin is basically horrible talks between Mexico and Kazakhstan that results in no choice but bombs between two nations. As is the case when actual wars are fought, it is not you who decides when those bombs drop– the suits decide when they will fall, to produce a nuclear cloud of money.
Canelo Alvarez believes he is rightful heir to the throne of Floyd Mayweather and carries himself like a Mexican version of Achilles. He has a complete aversion to the thought of GGG being some sort of heel. This, despite being exposed as Patroclus by Mayweather. Assuming Golovkin is anything like his Prince Hector, then that means Golovkin would cut his throat.
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“That's what brings greatness out in competition. Greatness is about more than talent. Its about moments of crisis or adversity you see athletes put in. How they respond is what teaches us about our own humanity.
Ultimately, if you aspire to greatness, you have to assume risk, take chances and be the fighter willing to take the game-winning shot every round. If you're not that fighter, then you're not the right fighter for us.”
—Peter Nelson, Exec VP of HBO Sports, as told to the L.A. Times
That is why it's absolutely the right fight for us- just not for Alvarez or HBO in September 2016. De La Hoya knows this, even if Canelo doesn't want to.
Imagine Golovkin striking Cotto the same way he struck Brook, while recalling what Alvarez could not do to Cotto.
I'll give you a minute..
Watching Canelo last week conjured the realization of a promised-fullfilled Tony Ayala Jr., I started wondering, ‘What if the vile Ayala had actually fought Roberto Duran?', in what would've been one of the greatest fights of all-time.
Canelo vs. GGG is that kind of a fight. It would pit violence divined against a warlord defined, for a chance to stand the test of time – or – to just test our patience. Prince Machiavelli once said: “It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.”
One day they'll just honor us.