De La Hoya: GGG is Running, Not Us
The fight that boxing fans want to see more than any other is a matchup between Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, but in this sport the fans don’t have the power. The boxers and more so promoters do, which is why Oscar De La Hoya receives the brunt of the criticism for Canelo-GGG not happening.
The Golden Boy CEO has been accused of hiding his top breadwinner Canelo from a fight with GGG for the better part of two years. Canelo even moved down from middleweight and gave up his belt to fight at 154 lbs., presumably to delay the fight with Golovkin. De La Hoya claims that the fight will happen in September of 2017, but after constant disappointments boxing fans remain skeptical.
In an eyebrow-raising statement, De La Hoya says that it is actually Golovkin running from the super-fight, not Canelo and Golden Boy.
“Golovkin says he’s not about the money. Let’s make the fight for the people, for the public," De La Hoya said on ESPN Deportes. “The arrangements can be made, so there is no problem, but you have to make the fight. Look, the one who is running here is Golovkin. Maybe he doesn’t know how much is being offered. So the money is there to make the fight.”
According to De La Hoya, Golden Boy has been "chasing" Golovkin and no longer has any interest in doing so. If they can make the fight that fans want to see then they will, but if not then Canelo will go on without adding GGG to his resume.
"We are no longer chasing Golovkin and his team. They’re playing games, that’s all. Canelo will continue his career, he will fight in January or February, depending on the hand, and then go fight in May and September, and hopefully September will be the fight with Golovkin."
Of course, De La Hoya’s statement is a direct opposite from the popular narrative that paints him as a promoter whose main interest is keeping Canelo away from a potential loss. The Mexican star can continue making big paydays without taking the risk and fighting Golovkin, and De La Hoya seems content with that path. Whichever side is being honest with their public statements, boxing fans will continue to hope that cooler heads can prevail. It would be a shame, albeit an unsurprising one, if Canelo and Golovkin never step into the ring together.