De La Hoya: Odds of GGG-Canelo “Decreased”
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya remains firm in his statement that he plans to make the highly-anticipated fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin in the fall of this year. But after GGG’s performance on Saturday against Danny Jacobs, De La Hoya warns Golovkin’s handlers about getting overzealous with their counteroffers.
De La Hoya told The LA Times that after Golovkin’s razor-thin decision victory over Jacobs at Madison Square Garden, the odds of Golden Boy getting a deal done with Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler "decreased":
“Not that [Golovkin’s value] went down,” De La Hoya said. “I just feel that given today’s market, I really feel that GGG’s side has to be more than fair to make this fight.
“I actually believe [the percentages of making the fight] decrease. It all depends on the negotiations – and we’ll continue talks – but now obviously we clearly know who the ‘A’ side is and that’s obviously Canelo. So I’m going to instruct my president, Eric Gomez, to continue talks and, hopefully, it can get done, but I strongly feel Canelo is obviously the ‘A’ side and there’s no doubt about it.”
Golovkin had ridden a 23-fight knockout streak into his fight with Jacobs, and he was a substantial favorite over the Brooklynite in the middleweight title fight. But Jacobs proved to be up to par, giving Golovkin fits with his crisp boxing combinations in the later rounds in particular. Some believed that Jacobs even deserved the decision victory, but Golovkin retained his titles by unanimous decision.
According to De La Hoya, Jacobs showed too much respect to GGG’s infamous knockout power early in the fight, and was not able to get his game going until he was already down on the scorecards. Canelo, he says, would be in Golovkin’s face right from the opening bell.
“Jacobs gave Golovkin too much respect. I’ve always said if you’re a fighter who gets into great shape, you can handle any pressure, any type of punch from anybody,” De La Hoya said. “You have to be in shape to stand toe to toe, and that’s the mistake Jacobs made: In the second half of the fight, he did terrific, but in the first half of the fight, he gave Golovkin too much respect.
“Mark my words: When Canelo and Golovkin gets made, Canelo’s not going to respect him one bit. Right from the start.”
While the boxing world may collectively sigh at the prospect of GGG-Canelo falling through yet again, there are still hurdles to get over before that fight can become a reality. Mainly, Canelo has to be successful in his May fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. If he wins that fight, as he’s expected to, then the other thing keeping the Golovkin super-fight from happening is the willingness of the promoters to reach a fair agreement.