Of Adam Baskin: Canelo Alvarez says he hopes Gennadiy Golovkin uses the Mexican fighting style that his ex-trainer Abel Sanchez used to brag about using.
On Saturday night, Canelo (57-2-2, 39 KOs) and Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KOs) meet for the third and likely last time. The fight will be broadcast by DAZN pay-per-view and will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. If Golovkin wins, a fourth fight is a possibility.
Canelo feels that the reason Golovkin used to say he was using the Mexican style is because he wanted to bring in the Mexican fans to start following his fights.
When Canelo fought aggressively in their second fight, Golovkin surprisingly pulled back and didn’t stand his ground, causing him to lose the fight.
Canelo wants to knock Golovkin out for this fight so that he leaves no doubt in the minds of the fans and the media who is the better fighter of the two.
However, Canelo says he will not be disappointed if he fails to score a knockout because he will be ready to go the full 12 rounds to win a decision.
Canelo ready for 12 rounds
“I know what he’s trying. He tried to get the Mexican fans. That’s what he tried,” Canelo Alvarez told the DAZN Boxing Show when asked if he felt insulted when Gennadiy Golovkin started calling his fighting style “Mexican style.”
“That’s why he said, ‘I have the Mexican style,’ because he wants Mexican fans.
“It’s nice to have a trilogy, but I don’t think I need it in the history books. Look, I’m happy to be here and I’m happy to bring this fight to my fans. I’ve given my fans really good fights and I’m happy to be here.
“I love the idea. “I’m ready,” Canelo said when asked if he wants Golovkin to fight the Mexican style on Saturday.
“I like pressure. That’s where I work better. No, I’m preparing for 12 rounds, Canelo said if he will be unhappy if he doesn’t get the knockout of Golovkin.
“If the knockout comes, I’m going to be happy. Yes, he is one of my best opponents. I think the styles make the big fight we have and that’s good for boxing.
“I don’t care about the odds because when I fought him in the last two fights I wasn’t the favorite and I won. “I don’t pay too much attention to it,” Canelo said.
Bivol must earn Canelo rematch
“I wish [Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez to win [against Dmitry Bivol]. “He’s Mexican and of course I want him to win. It depends on the results. If Bivol loses, I don’t think we’ll get a rematch. We’ll see. I love to try different things, Canelo said.
“That’s what people don’t talk about. They talk about when someone gets on my scale. He takes him up the weight class, but he doesn’t come up.
“It’s okay. I’m trying something different. I don’t need to. I don’t need to take that kind of risk, but I love taking risks because I love challenges. My mind is OK, I’m fine because I tried something different. That’s what makes the great fighters.
“No, 175,” Canelo said when asked if Bivol defeats Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez, would he want him to drop down to 168 to fight. – I did my best in the training camp. “It was one of the best training camps I’ve ever had and I’m ready for Saturday,” Canelo said.
Alvarez won’t step on the gas
“I started running again three times a week because in 2018 I had surgery on both my knees,” Canelo said. “I started running three times a week and I feel strong and ready for Saturday.
“Yeah, different,” Canelo said of Bivol getting a better-conditioned version of himself when/if the two fight next year in May. – A lot happened in that training camp. It is okay.
“Losing is okay because you learn a lot of things. You learn what you don’t need to do. That’s okay. You have to keep going and that’s it. Look, there’s always something there.
“You never know what’s going to be there,” Canelo said when asked what he wants to achieve in his weight class of 168. “So, I’m ready for the big challenge in boxing,” Canelo said.