With Adam Baskin: Canelo Alvarez says he hopes Gennadiy Golovkin uses the Mexican style of fighting used by his former trainer Abel Sanchez.
On Saturday night, Canelo (57-2-2, 39 KOs) and Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KOs) meet for the third and likely final time. The fight will be broadcast on DAZN pay-per-view and will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. If Golovkin wins, a fourth fight is a possibility.
Canelo believes the reason Golovkin used to say he was using the Mexican style is because he wanted to get the Mexican fans to start watching his fights.
When Canelo fought aggressively in their second fight, Golovkin surprisingly backed down and was no match for him, which led to him losing the fight.
Canelo wants to knock out Golovkin for this fight so he leaves no doubt in the minds of the fans and the media who is the better fighter of the two.
However, Canelo says he won’t be disappointed if he fails to score a knockout because he’ll be ready to go the 12 rounds to win a decision.
Canelo ready for 12 rounds
“I know what he’s trying to do. He tried to bring the Mexican fans. That’s what he tried,” Canelo Alvarez said on the DAZN Boxing Show when asked if he was offended when Gennadiy Golovkin started calling his fighting style “Mexican style.”
“That’s why he said, ‘I have the Mexican style’ because he wants Mexican fans.
“It’s nice to have a trilogy, but I don’t think it needs to go down in the history books. Look, I’m happy to be here and I’m happy to bring this fight to my fans. I have given my fans very good matches and I am happy to be here.
“I like the idea. I’m ready,” Canelo said when asked if he would like Golovkin to fight using the Mexican style on Saturday.
“I like the pressure. I work better there. No, I’m preparing for 12 rounds,” Canelo said about whether he’ll be unhappy if he doesn’t get the knockout of Golovkin.
“If the knockout comes, I will look forward to it. Yes, he is one of my best rivals. I think the styles make the big fight we have, and that’s good for boxing.
“I don’t care about the odds because when I fought him in the last two fights, I wasn’t the favorite and I won. I don’t pay much attention to it,” Canelo said.
Bivol must win the Canelo rematch
“I want [Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez to win [against Dmitry Bivol]. “He’s Mexican and I want him to win, obviously. It depends on the results. If Bivol loses, I don’t think we will have a rematch. We’ll see. I like to try other things,” Canelo said.
“That’s why people don’t talk. They talk about when someone comes with my weight. Brings him down to his weight class, but doesn’t move up.
“It’s okay. I’m trying something else. I don’t need to. I don’t need to take that kind of risk, but I like to take risks because I like challenges. My mind is okay, I’m okay because I tried something different. That’s what makes great fighters .
“No, 175,” Canelo said when asked if Bivol beating Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez wants to drop down to 168 to fight. “I did my best in training camp. “It’s been one of the best training camps I’ve ever had and I’m ready for Saturday,” Canelo said.
Alvarez will not step on the gas
“I started running three times a week again because, in 2018, I had surgery on both my knees,” Canelo said. “I started running three times a week and I feel strong and ready for Saturday.
“Yeah, different,” Canelo said of Bivol becoming a better version of himself when/if the two fight next year in May. “A lot of things happened in this training camp. It is OK.
“Losing is okay because you learn a lot. You learn what not to do. It is OK. You have to go on, and that’s it. Look, there’s always something there.
“You never know what’s going to be there,” Canelo said when asked what he wants to achieve in his weight class at 168. “So I’m ready for the big challenge in boxing,” Canelo said.