Gennady Golovkin’s message to Canelo: “You know who the real champion is”

Of Adam Baskin: Gennadiy Golovkin sent a message to Canelo Alvarez and the fans at today’s weigh-ins when he told them they know who the “real champion is.”

The comments from Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KOs) were a shot at Canelo (57-2-2, 39 KOs), who has been saved from two defeats against him thanks to the Nevada judges who worked their fights in 2017 and 2018.

Golovkin believes he should have raised his hand in those two fights, and today he made it clear to fans that he’s still bitter about it.

In the build-up to the fight, Golovkin has done an admirable job of hiding his true feelings about the two fights, saying that he has no bad blood with Canelo and that the trilogy fight is not personal to him.

Today it was clear that Golovkin has spent all this time resenting what happened to him in the two contests with Canelo, and he intends to settle the score on Saturday.

Golovkin looked in good shape weighing in at 167 3/4 lbs compared to Canelo’s 167 1/2 lbs. Although Golovkin looked a little tired from the weight loss, it wasn’t nearly as bad for his last few fights as he moved up to 160.

“It is not new. It’s the same as every time, Gennadiy Golovkin said when asked at the weigh-in what he saw in Canelo Alvarez’s face during the face-off.

No comment,” GGG said when told Canelo wants to stop the fight early.

“Today is the biggest day. Last night was the greatest day for all Mexican people, Independence Day. Congratulations, guys. The biggest day for the country. Congratulations, guys.

“I want to tell, not just my people. All boxing fans. Come on guys. If you are a true boxing fan, you know who the champion is,Golovkin said.

“I think it’s an important fight for Canelo. Two losses in a row would demystify him. A loss to Golovkin would likely force him to take a fourth fight against his rival to try to avenge that loss, Chris Mannix told DAZN’s JABS.

“I look at GGG and I look at this fight as potentially legacy-defining. Golovkin has been one of the biggest stars in boxing for over a decade.

“Ever since he came to the United States and started knocking guys out on HBO and now on DAZN, he’s become one of the most recognizable figures in boxing.

“If you look at his CV, it’s not one of the strongest. You have guys like Daniel Jacobs there. It was probably his best win. David Lemieux, it was a world title fight. It was another quality win when the match happened.

“After that, you look at his record and there’s not a lot of W’s next to the big names. You could certainly argue that Golovkin deserved to win the first fight against Canelo. There was at least one horrible scorecard in that game. He was probably robbed of a decision there.

“He didn’t get it. He lost, I think, quite the second fight against Canelo. He kind of needs this win to really establish himself as one of the great fighters of this generation.

“He’s undoubtedly one of the most entertaining guys. He’s been a knockout artist ever since he picked up a pair of boxing gloves, but in terms of resume, in terms of legacy, I think he needs this win.

“If he loses to Canelo, he’ll probably step down and retire. Will he get into the Hall of Fame? May be. I think his resume is a bit thinner. Whereas Canelo, even if he loses, is still in his early 30s. He still has time to brush up his resume over the next couple of years. For Golovkin, this could be his last shot, Mannix said.

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