Canelo vs Golovkin: Two Reasons it May Not Happen in 2016Written by Leroy Cleveland
Although the WBC has ordered middleweight champions Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin to meet by the end of 2016, it may not happen this year.
"I think that fight is already one of the biggest fights in boxing," Golovkin's trainer, Abel Sanchez, told ESPN Deportes, via BoxingScene.
"For me it's the fight everyone wants to see, but I think that neither Canelo nor Oscar De La Hoya is going to do it this year despite what they WBC says."
Given both fighters are champions, each side justifiably believes it has leverage.
The fighter dubbed "GGG" is undefeated, has multiple titles and has widely been considered the division's best for well over a year. Canelo, on the otherhand, is a bigger draw and owns the lineal (i.e. real and legitimate) middleweight title, having defeated Miguel Cotto.
Team Alvarez wants the fight to take place a catchweight of 155 lbs while GGG opposes a catchweight stipulation.
The World Boxing Council has its rules which have been around for many years, and the weight for that division is 160-pounds," Sanchez said, via BoxingScene.
"Other Mexican fighters who fought for that championship, they didn't do it at a catch-weight. It's a mandatory world championship fight, and it has to be at 160 pounds or less."
Team Alvarez believes it can bully GGG because Canelo, at this moment, is the bigger draw. Last fall, Canelo vs Cotto garnered 900,000 buys while Golovkin vs Lemieux received only 150,000 purchases. Granted, Miguel Cotto is a much larger draw than David Lemieux. Nevertheless, there's considerably more money attached to Canelo's name, especially after his 2013 bout with Floyd Mayweather which broke records.
Canelo vs Golovkin has die-hard fans salivating but has it matured enough to where the public is insisting it absolutely, positively must happen or else someone stands to lose a great deal of credibility?
If both sides can walk away so easily and leave money on the table, perhaps this fight hasn't quite matured yet?
And keep in mind, Canelo vs Golovkin has only generated tremendous buzz since November.
"Every fan loves playing the role of matchmaker,” stated six decade fight promoter Don Chargin last May on War a Week Radio.
"But what most fans don’t understand is that you can’t just throw two fighters who expect a hefty payday in the ring and merely hope for the best.”
“Cultivating a great event is like making a cake. You have to mix the ingredients and wait for the batter to rise."
"When it’s the appropriate time, you take it out of the oven and then prepare it for consumption. It’s the same theory when trying to achieve a super fight’s true money making potential.”
Tyson vs Spinks, Leonard vs Hagler, Tyson vs Holyfield, Klitschko vs Haye and Mayweather vs Pacquiao... Boxing has a way of making us wait for the really big ones.