They said it: Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez 2

 

The most anticipated fight of 2018, the world middleweight championship rematch between WBA/WBC champion Gennady Golovkin and lineal champion Canelo Alvarez, is just one day away. The following are the predictions – or, in some cases, non-committal opinions – by 24 participants and experts alike in boxing.

 

“It’s like when I went to fight Winky (Wright) at 154; it’s like I was hitting him hard but nothing was happening. I think the same thing could happen, could be the same. I’m going with ‘GGG.’ He’s powerful, consistent and he fights.” – Former three-division champion Shane Mosley

 

“GGG, if he goes to the body. If ‘Canelo’ boxes him, he may get the decision. If GGG goes to the body, he wins.” – WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford

 

“It’s GGG. Well, because GGG is, he is one of the guy’s that’s very aggressive. He’s got a lotta confidence and he has power in both hands.” – Former undisputed heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield

 

“Once again, GGG. He won the first time and he’s gonna win the second time.” – Former lightweight contender Angel Manfredy

 

“GGG will win the rematch. I thought he won the first one and he’ll win the second one, by decision. I don’t think he’ll win by knockout.” – Former WBC featherweight champion Kevin Kelley

 

“GGG will win.” – Former two-division champion Badou Jack

 

“I think the only way GGG wins is if he stops Canelo. I see GGG by KO or Canelo by decision.” – Super middleweight title challenger Ronald Gavril

 

WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (right) vs. lineal middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez. Photo credit: Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports

WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (right) vs. lineal middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez. Photo credit: Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports

 

“Whomever can make the most adjustments will win the fight. Both fighters can adjust but Canelo is younger, so he probably has more room to adjust.” – Former four-division champion Roy Jones

 

“We’ll have to wait and see…We’ll just have to wait and see” – Former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson

 

“The first fight was close and the guy who has more tricks in his bag, the guy who can typically do more should win – and that guy is Canelo. GGG is getting a little older and he has miles on him. I think Canelo can show a different side and possibly get his hand raised.” – Former two-division champion Andre Ward

 

“GGG is my friend and I like him but I think Canelo is the younger, fresher guy. GGG’s legs don’t seem to keep up with him quite the way they did before. I like Canelo to win by decision.” – Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach

 

“I’m leaning towards Golovkin. Regardless of who wins, you can make a third fight.” – Former two-division champion Paulie Malignaggi

 

“This fight could go either way. The last fight was a draw. It could have gone to Canelo; it could have gone to GGG.” – Former six-division champion, Hall-of-Famer and founder of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya

 

“I think it will be GGG.” – WBA lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko

 

WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (left) vs. lineal middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez. Photo credit: Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (left) vs. lineal middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez. Photo credit: Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

 

“I think it’s up for grabs. I thought GGG won the first fight, seven rounds to five and eight to four later, when I watched it on TV. GGG works for three minutes of each round and Canelo doesn’t do that. I’m going with GGG in a real close decision” – The Ring Magazine Editor-in-Chief Doug Fischer

 

“I thought GGG won the first one. They gave it a draw but I think GGG won the first one and he’ll win this one.” – Former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios

 

“GGG lacks defense. I think Canelo is sharper and going to be sharper and I think Canelo is going to be able to make adjustments.” – WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter

 

“Canelo is trying to be like Floyd (Mayweather Jr.) and he looks retarded doing it. He didn’t look great with GGG. You didn’t how dumb he looked going backwards? All friggin’ stiff, man. C’mon man; you gotta be born with this shit.” – Trainer Teofimo Lopez Sr.

 

“I think Canelo is Canelo and you’ll get the same, no disrespect to him.” – Former two-division champion Ricky Hatton

 

“He’s gonna have more confidence. I think Canelo wins. But Abel Sanchez is a great trainer and he may have a game plan and he might show us something that we don’t expect.” – Trainer Robert Garcia

 

“The second time around, I see the same thing. I see the same thing from Canelo all the time. If GGG goes down to the body, it will be draining. I’m picking GGG by decision.”  Former two-division champion Tim Bradley

 

“I think Canelo will win the fight. I think GGG will win the fight but they won’t give him the fight. For GGG to win the fight, he has to knock out Alvarez.” – Former middleweight title challenger Gabriel Rosado

 

(From right to left) WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, referee Kenny Bayless and lineal middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez. Photo Credit: Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

(From right to left) WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, referee Kenny Bayless and lineal middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez. Photo Credit: Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

 

“I think it’ll be same results as far as GGG winning. I thought he won the first time.” – Former WBA “regular” middleweight champion Danny Jacobs

 

“I don’t see either fighter getting stopped but, as someone who scored the first fight for Gennady Golovkin, I predict GGG’s body work will take its toll on Canelo Alvarez and tire him out, take the fight out of him. Canelo will get stuck in defensive mode, going into the championship rounds, and GGG will grab a well-earned decision.” – UCNLive.com/RingTV.com editor Coyote Duran

 

 

 

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