You can mention the potential for fireworks. You can mention the prize at stake of the still glamorous middleweight championship of the world. You can even bring up how important the fight is to the careers of both participants.
Heck, you can even talk about the simple fact that its the antithesis of the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor circus that the sports world (and beyond) was subjected to all summer.
But regardless of which element of the fight has you most excited entering Saturday’s pay-per-view showdown in Las Vegas between unified titleholder Gennady Golovkin and lineal champion Canelo Alvarez (), there’s a combination of compelling elements that make this fight feel unique to others in recent years.
Admittedly, this fight isn’t exactly a lock to threaten the record for PPV buys. But it’s a superfight just the same and may be more important than others in recent memory simply for the timeless message it presents: That it’s essential for the best to fight the best, regardless of danger, in order to uphold the overall health of the sport.
Both Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) and Golden Boy Promotions may have delayed the bout 12-18 months longer than they should have, but they haven’t missed the window of expiration in making the fight count. In fact, one can argue that the delay has only made it feel like a bigger event, allowing Alvarez’s elite skill set at age 27 to catch up with his immense popularity.
Late into a decade which has featured alternate good and horrifically bad years in terms of big fights being made (and more importantly delivering), this is a fight that retains a very old school feel. In fact, it’s difficult not to compare the anticipation to that of classic showdowns like Marvin Hagler-Thomas Hearns. And it comes at the tail end of a renaissance comeback year for boxing which has featured a rejuvenated heavyweight division and more quality…