Canelo-Golovkin Set for Las Vegas
The highly-anticipated super-fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin was made official last month, but the Sept. 16 fight was not immediately given a venue. That changed on Monday, as it was announced that the middleweight title bout will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Golden Boy promoter Oscar De La Hoya announced the decision on SportsCenter on Monday.
"Everybody wanted this fight, and I nailed it down," said De La Hoya. "Everybody who wants to go to Vegas, have a great time. Watch a great fight with ‘GGG’ and Canelo. I mean it’s going to be a train wreck, let me tell you."
De La Hoya added that he had received serious offers to host the fight at other venues, including Madison Square Garden, the AT&T Stadium in Dallas and Dodger Stadium. Ultimately, the big-fight feel of Las Vegas swayed him to selecting T-Mobile Arena.
"I did receive a crazy amount of money — the offers were just amazing [including] from Madison Square Garden. I was contemplating it," De La Hoya said. "Obviously, my good friend Jerry Jones wanted this fight. I talked to my great friend Magic Johnson, who wanted to stage the fight at Dodger Stadium, but ultimately the entertainment factor [was key]. People want to go to parties after the fight. You want to stage the pre-fight parties, the weigh-in."