If you miss getting together for "the big fight", this is your weekend

September 14, 2018 - 2:28 pm

If you miss getting together with friends to watch "the big fight", missed watching two men punch each other in the face and arguing on who is doing it better, Saturday night is your night. It's not Ali-Frazier or Tyson-Holyfield, but GGG-Canelo 2 is the closest thing you're going to get to a good old fashion mega-fight. 

This is not either of the farces that Floyd Mayweather presented you with, going up against an aged Manny Pacquiao or Conor McGregor who had a decorated boxing recorded of 0-0. This is a battle between two fighters who are trying to put the other through the ground. Floyd Mayweather was the best boxer on the planet for a decade, but he would never draw casual fans in with shoulder rolls. 

Anyone that wants to give the sport another try, Saturday is your night. Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (38-0-1) and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (49-1-2) are facing off for the second time after a draw one year ago. In the first fight, Canelo and GGG slugged it out. GGG is a tough you know what, and has probably the best technique in the sport. Canelo is young, fast, and powerful. The only loss of his career was by split decision at age 22 to Floyd Mayweather, who ran from him all night. 

The bout will certainly be an entertaining one. A year ago it was a back and forth affair. Canelo started off fast, drawing his opponent in and counter punching. GGG dominated the middle rounds. Canelo has maybe the fiercest right hook in the sport, and GGG took it right on the chin like it was nothing. That was the moment GGG realized Canelo probably couldn't knock him out, and went in for the kill. As he ran out of gas, a late push by Canelo made it just about even, but most believed that GGG edged him out. Scores of 114-114, 115-113 for Golovkin, and a mind-blowing 118-110 for Alvarez left the result as a draw. 

It took a year to make the rematch, as a prior attempt was unraveled by Canelo having a positive drug test. He blamed that on contaminated meat in Mexico. 

For the second fight, GGG is considered the favorite, mostly because he probably should have won the first one. Most Vegas books Canelo as a +125 underdog. Despite Canelo having elite knockout power, it's unlikely GGG would ever go down for a ten count. The fun part about this match, as opposed to any Floyd Mayweather fight, literally anything could happen. Canelo could knock-out GGG. GGG could knock out Canelo. GGG could win by decision. Canelo could win by decision. There could be a draw, like last year. 

Prediction: Canelo Alvarez wins by split decision

The first fight was so incredibly close and I'd expect the second one to be as well. Canelo made several mistakes in the first fight that can be rectified. GGG may know how to use his tools better than anyone, but Canelo has more tools than anyone. Canelo can outbox GGG from beginning to end while still going for the home run knockout, and I believe he will.

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