Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions revealed on Saturday that preliminary discussions have started between Golden Boy and Gennady Golovkin for a trilogy fight against Saul Canelo Alvarez on May 4 on Cinco de Mayo at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. De La Hoya says he’s going to see what happens with the negotiations. He sounds optimistic, and eager to make the fight.
Those are all very tough fighters that would have a good chance of beating Canelo. The interest from the boxing public in watching Canelo fight those guys wouldn’t match the same amount of interest the fans would have in seeing Canelo defend against Triple G in a trilogy fight. That’s the fight that the boxing fans want to see. Even the fans that thought Canelo deserved the decision last September over GGG, still want to see the two face each other in a third fight. Until proven otherwise, Golovkin is considered the #2 fighter at middleweight behind Canelo. If Canelo faces Jacobs, Saunders, Andrade or Charlo, the fans are going to think he’s ducking Golovkin.
The first two fights haven’t proven anything due to the controversial scoring by the judges, who scored the first fight in 2017 a 12 round draw. The judges gave Canelo a controversial 12 round majority decision last September in Las Vegas. The boxing media and the hardcore fans overwhelmingly had Golovkin winning the rematch, as well as the first fight on September 16, 2017.
“This new platform is DAZN. Pay-per-view is dead,” De La Hoya said to ESPN Houston. “Canelo Alvarez is fighting two to three times this year, and fighting the very best. Last night, I had preliminary talks with Golovkin’s people. So we threw it out there about fighting for a third time. Cinco de Mayo is the biggest week in boxing in Las Vegas. So we’re starting talks. Canelo is open to anything. Canelo is a fighter who wants to fight anybody to be great, and so a third fight is a possibility. We’re starting discussions, and we’ll see where it leads from there,” De La Hoya said.