by Mike Booble

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If brains were gasoline Mike would have enough to power an ants motorcycle around the outside of a penny. Would be funny if it wasn't true. Sports, sports, sports. Often times he said if he didnt do SOMETHING in the industry in would be a complete waste of his childhood. Crisis averted. 

       Ok, so I was wrong. Technically. I picked GGG to win by split decision. And I was close. Oh so close. In the end, Canelo got the nod 115-113 on two scorecards with the other being a draw. And you know what? I can't be mad at that. It wasn't a robbery. A lot of the rounds were close. I gave the 12th to GGG, the two judges who scored it for Canelo did not.

       I scored the fight 116-112 for GGG, or 8 rounds to 4. Myself, along with a lot of the experts going into the fight said GGG needed to be more aggressive. He wasn't. They said he needed to take more risks. He did. Kind of. He needed to land big, clean shots. And oh boy did he do that. But a funny thing happened. Canelo took all of it. Not just all of GGG’s power, he did so walking forward, pushing the action, staying off the ropes, fighting like GGG, while fighting GGG. Incredible.

       The lead up to the fight had Abel Sanchez, the trainer for GGG saying how the pressure was on Canelo to come forward and make it the fight fans want. He talked about how Canelo stayed on the ropes the whole first fight and refused to stand and engage in the center of the ring. He promised, he being Sanchez (pronouns pal) that if Canelo obliged, not only would the fight be more exciting, it would allow GGG to display his power. Canelo did so GGG did. And in the end, it didn't matter. Apparently Canelo’s chin is made out of Vibranium.

       A hellacious back and forth from the opening bell, both fighters tired and bloody, neither giving an inch of space. To be fair GGG’s chin is nothing to scoff at. Canelo brought the thunder and GGG shook his head and walked forward. Canelo doing work to the body, GGG jabbing like his life depended on it. It was high level prize fighting, from two of the top five fighters in the world. And thank God it was.

       The main event saved this PPV from certain doom and untold amounts of backlash. The card had three undercard fights, all fights decent on paper that turned into complete and utter mismatches. Three early knockouts had the undercard completed by 6:30 local time which meant fans had to endure ONE AND A HALF HOURS of stalling by HBO to get the fight into the ring as close to 8pm as possible.Let me repeat that:


       I get it. You don't plan for early knockouts. But they happen. With that amount of time instead of boring fans with talk why not just show the first fight? What better way to get fans re-hyped than by showing why the need for a rematch existed in the first place.

       This fight, a fight of the year candidate, lends itself to a third fight, for a couple of reasons. The judging after the first fight was trash. The second fight, although Canelo came away with the win was not convincing. If the scores had been flipped in GGG’s favor the reaction would've been the same. 60/40 in favor of the decision. A third fight might be needed just to see if a clear winner emerges. Although after seeing 24 incredibly competitive, close rounds, no guarantee we get that.

       Second, it's the biggest fight financially for either fighter, especially on Cinco de Mayo weekend, when the trilogy fight would likely take place.

       If you didn't get a chance to see this fight if given the opportunity I highly recommend it. It's as good a reason as I can give why I love this sport and why it's my favorite sport. The intrigue, momentum swings, brutality, beauty and blissful excitement are what set prize fighting apart from other sports. UFC has their biggest fight ever in about three weeks. Yes I will watch, but good luck topping that.

As always, I'm Mike Booble and that's my opinion.
by Mike Booble

About The Author

If brains were gasoline Mike would have enough to power an ants motorcycle around the outside of a penny. Would be funny if it wasn't true. Sports, sports, sports. Often times he said if he didnt do SOMETHING in the industry in would be a complete waste of his childhood. Crisis averted. 
       What is the best thing about a grudge match? Is it the intensity of the numerous stare downs that line the path on the way to a big fight? Is it the back and forth on social media and between the two sides? Or could it be the debate between pundits and experts, each hanging their hat on a particular outcome?

       One might say all the above when discussing the merits of a grudge match. And certainly the fight this weekend between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez has everything you could want for a fight-of-the-year candidate, making this a can’t miss for fight freaks around the world.

       As with any big fight, three questions loom:
  • Who will win? Simply put this is the biggest question and the one that really matters.
  • Who should win? This question is very analytical in nature and depending on the side one takes really strengthens and solidifies the argument for each side
  • What is the best outcome for fight fans? This question is one that seems a little selfish but I'll explain

       Canelo is the biggest star boxing has in North America. He's the favorite fighter of a rabid fanbase that almost single handedly keeps the blood flowing of an otherwise antiquated sport in America. Without that Latin, specifically Mexican, fanbase boxing would in fact be dead as has been claimed by writers for over a hundred years.

       GGG is the best in the latest line of European imports to take the boxing world by storm. A high level amateur career combined with incredible punching power makes him a top 3 pound for pound fighter and the second best non-american fighter, behind Vasyl Lomachenko.

       Canelo is a lot younger than GGG. Barring any significant injury or another failed PED test conventional wisdom says he’ll be on top of the sport long after GGG has faded. A good looking, exciting fighter with mainstream crossover appeal very similar to his promoter Oscar De La Hoya, the immediate future of boxing in America needs Canelo to win. His lack of English is a detriment in the long run but it can be worked around. Ever since Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao relinquished their spot atop the sport, Canelo has been the only reliable PPV attraction for both promoters and networks.

       GGG winning isn't a bad thing for the sport. Not in the immediate sense anyways. A win, especially a dominate one, cements his place as the best Middleweight in the world and really proves that the horrible judging that led to a draw after their first fight was indeed a joke. The issue, should GGG win in convincing fashion, is a lack of any significant fight on the horizon.  All other high level competition are tied to other networks making a big fight all but impossible to make. Unfortunately it's been proven that unless across the ring from Canelo, GGG cannot carry a PPV. Where as Canelo can generate 750k to 1M buys regardless of who he fights.

       So I guess it's that time. Time to make a prediction on a fight that's as close to a 50/50 fight as you can get.


       Now I get to attempt to answer the first two.questions, the who will and who should. Their first fight was very close although somewhat lackluster given the punching prowess of both fighters. GGG started very slowly, seemingly hesitant to get into Alvarez’s punching range for fear of his power. Canelo, clearly not in as good of shape as previous fights faded drastically in the middle rounds, allowing GGG to take control of the fight. The last three rounds were close, ultimately I gave Canelo 2 of the final 3 and had GGG winning 8 rounds to 4, 116-112.

       I see this fight following a somewhat similar path, although I do believe GGG will come out far more aggressive now that he's taken Canelo’s power. Canelo, I believe, will try to bait GGG into a firefight, opening him up to Canelo’s counter punching, some of the best in boxing. With a more concerted effort by GGG to the body, especially if he traps Canelo on the ropes I believe Canelo fades late and GGG gets the decision. However, judges for whatever reason really favor the way Canelo fights, see last years scorecards and the the card CJ Ross turned in after the Mayweather fight that had Canelo winning a fight he clearly lost every round in. I see one of the judges giving Canelo the nod but GGG coming out on top of the other two.

And as always, I'm Mike Booble and that's my opinion.