Prelude to war: ‘Canelo’ and ‘GGG’ make weight
In front of thousands of crazed boxing fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin both weighed in exactly at the middleweight limit of 160 pounds and faced off for the final time before tomorrow night’s middleweight championship super-fight on HBO Pay-Per-View (8:00 p.m ET/ 5 p.m. PT).
Golovkin, 37-0 (33), who is defending his unified IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight titles, stepped onto the scale first, and, per usual, looked in tremendous shape at the age of 35.
“Big gift to people,” Golovkin responded to RingTV.com’s Beto Duran, when asked for his prediction for the fight. When asked for an answer to Alvarez’s earlier prediction of a knockout during fight week, Gennady said with a smile, “I’ll see you tomorrow.”
Alvarez, 49-1-1 (34), who is fighting at the 160-pound limit for the first time, despite holding the lineal middleweight championship distinction, looked stronger than ever at the age of 27.
“When I was born, being afraid had already been given out. We’re only a day away and I’m going to show him who Canelo really is,” Alvarez told RingTV.com’s Jessica Rosales. Reminded as well of Golovkin also proclaiming a knockout earlier in the week, Alvarez responded, “We’re a day away, and tomorrow, all the words are gonna go out the window.”
At the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, tomorrow night, one of the biggest fights the sport could make will take place after it had been talked about and clamored by fans for the past two years. A historical precedent has been set by all involved in the promotion and that may not be an excessive narrative, should two of boxing’s most consummate professionals really lay it all on the line and produce a memorable fight.