IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) has a chance to fight former two division world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) in September, but only if Canelo’s next fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs) is a total blowout with an easy win over Chavez Jr.
Oscar De La Hoya, the promoter for Canelo, says that he wants to make the Canelo-Golovkin fight in 2017, but it will depend on well the Canelo-Chavez Jr. is in May. That fight is going to be televised on HBO PPV on Cinco de Mayo. It could bring in a lot of money through pay-per-view and ticket sales.
De La Hoya isn’t saying whether the Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. fight will need to be competitive for a rematch to take place. It might just need to bring in a lot of money for there to be an automatic rematch. De La Hoya is even talking about Canelo and Chavez Jr. maybe fighting each other three times.
That would be under the best case example of the first two fights between the Mexican stars bringing in a lot of ticket sales and PPV buys on HBO. Of course, Chavez Jr. would have to be interested in facing Canelo three straight times. Canelo will likely do whatever Golden Boy head honcho De La Hoya wants him to at this point, because he’s making him fabulously wealthy without him needing to take risks. Canelo isn’t likely going to want to rock the boat and losing out on all the easy money he can make fighting Chavez Jr. in one mismatch after another.
“I have always said that Canelo is going to fight with GGG this year,” De La Hoya said to ESPN Deportes. “That has always been the goal, the plan. The only reason that we wouldn’t make that fight is because the Chavez fight with Canelo could be a war, maybe it ends in a draw – that would force a rematch.
It’s going to be difficult for Chavez Jr. to force a second and third fight against Canelo. If De La Hoya is on the level about the need for the Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. fights to be close affairs for him to put them together for rematches, then it’s unlikely that we’ll see them face each other more than once. Canelo is too good, and Chavez Jr. is too past his prime. But if all Canelo and Chavez Jr. need to do is make tons of money for a rematch to take place, then we certainly could see them fight each other three to four times.
“The plan is for Canelo to fight three times and to have big fights like Chavez and GGG. [Canelo Vs. GGG] depends on the May fight,” said De La Hoya. “I’ve always said that Canelo is going to fight GGG in 2017 and that’s the plan, but that depends on this fight, because there could be a rematch, a trilogy – it could be The Fight of The Year.”
Golovkin doesn’t have much choice in this equation other than waiting for Canelo to eventually beckon him to come forward to fight him. Canelo is the A-side, and he can decide when, where and how the two fighters face each other.