Last night the boxing world witnessed a rarity in the sport, two highly skilled boxers throwing strategy out the window, spending 12 rounds in the center of the ring, exchanging bombs.
After the final bell rang, once again everyone was on the edge of their seats waiting for the decision. It was a deafening silence, whichever way the decision went, the other side (fighter, team, fans) were going to cry foul play.
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Let’s get one thing straight though, the only robbery last night was the $84.99 price tag.
It doesn’t matter who you were rooting for last night, you won. What we witnessed last night was like waiting for a glimpse of a comet or some sort of eclipse that only occurs every 100 years. Mega fights are dead in boxing. Real animosity between fighters are dead in boxing. Legacy and pride are dead in boxing. Its been replaced by inflated purse money, bullshit mandatories and advisors/managers/promoters all working against each other.
Yes, the fighters themselves are to blame for allowing these ‘businessmen’ to orchestrate their every career move. However, with the sanctioning bodies manufacturing ‘Championship’ belts and mint type money being handed to fighters, the glory days of boxing, are dead.
On to the actual fight…
I can’t remember a single instance where either fighters back touched the ropes, or where referee Benjy Esteves Jr had to break the fighters for legit holding. In fact, the referee probably wasn’t needed last night. For 12 exhilarating rounds, these two warriors stood their ground and let their chins and ribs absorb a beating. There were more hard to score rounds last night than were clear-cut rounds won by either fighter. It was a phone booth, rock ’em sock ’em type of altercation.
Who cares who ‘won’, the fans won and that too has died in boxing.
The shit-talking was real. The hatred was real. The chingasos, machismo and blood was real.
Canelo Alvarez backed up all of the exaggerated energy during the build up that carried over to the weigh-ins. Gennady Golovkin weathered the hurricane and dug deep in the later rounds. The fight exceeded any realistic expectations. At this level, you cannot expect knockdowns or knockouts, these fighters get to this level for a reason. And the one thing that separates good fighters from great fighters are these kind of dog fights. Both men, throughout their respected careers, have proven to be about that life.
Alvarez and Golovkin have now given us two great nights of action-packed fights. It’s seemingly fitting that we”ll see a third installment in May of 2019. Middleweight world-class fighters Saunders, Jacobs, Andrade and Charlo are all respectable opposition but none of them the bring the type excitement or PPV factors that Canelo and GGG do together.
See you all again on Cinco De Mayo weekend 2019. Oh, after you pay $100 for Mayweather- Pacquiao 2.