By Rich Cheney: Tom Loeffler is trying his best to work with Golden Boy promotions to put together a rematch between his fighter IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for early next year. Unfortunately, Loeffler has had no success at getting Golden Boy to negotiate the rematch. Canelo just won’t commit to the fight for some reason. Is it fear? Does Canelo feel like he can never beat Golovkin? Possibly.
When the two popular middleweights do end up facing each other, Loeffler says he wants to see how Canelo fights Triple G. Loeffler was disappointed in how Canelo failed to fight in the “Mexican style” that he had said he would on September 16 in his fight with GGG at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Loeffler says Canelo fought more like Floyd Mayweather Jr. than with the Mexican style, and says he did too much moving to try and survive against Golovkin.
The results of the fight saw Canelo earn a 12 round draw, but a very, very controversial one that he arguably didn’t deserve. Loeffler points out that HBO’s unofficial ringside scorer Harold Lederman scored the fight 116-112 [8 rounds to 4] for Golovkin, and he agrees with that score. Boxing News Results scored Triple G vs. Alvarez by a 9 rounds to 3 score in Golovkin’s favor.
“We’re going to do everything we can to make this fight,” said Loeffer to RingTV.com. ”The fans want to see the fight again to see to see if Canelo will move around as much as he did the first fight or if he’ll actually stand and fight. Before the first fight, he said he has the real Mexican style and he’s going to fight that way. As it turned out, he fought more like Floyd [Mayweather Jr.] in that fight. It was very defensive. He was really in survival mode for 12 rounds,” said Loeffler.
The question is WILL Canelo fight more aggressively against Golovkin in the rematch? Can Canelo change the way he fights? Those are really tough questions.
Whether Canelo can change his basic DNA to be a different fighter in the Golovkin rematch will come down to these important areas:
• Stamina – Can Canelo fight hard for more than 1 minute of each round? Fighting hard in the first minute against Golovkin isn’t going to get the job done.
• Power – Does have the chin to stand and trade with Golovkin in a war? With all the head movement that Canelo used against Golovkin, it appeared that he didn’t have the courage needed to stand and go to war for 12 rounds. Canelo used too much head movement, and that hurt his ability to let his hands go. You can either throw shots or use head movement. You can’t do both. All that time Canelo spent moving his head took away from his ability to throw shots
• Mentality – Does Canelo have a true fighter’s heart for him to stand in the pocket and trade or is his basic DNA containing too many Mayweather elements? In looking at how Canelo fought against Triple G, I’d have to say that there’s too much Mayweather inside of him for him to be able to not run against Golovkin.
“He did fight in spurts, but Gennady as the champion was the one pressing the action,” said Loeffler about Canelo.” If you want to become a champion, you’ve got to take the titles away. I don’t know how you’re taking the titles away if you’re moving backwards. Not to disparage Canelo, but I think the fans were less unsatisfied, and I think it’ll be a great event,” said Loeffler.
All in all, I think there’s too much rabbit in Canelo for him to stand in the pocket and brawl with Golovkin. Canelo only slugs it out against guys that he has a distinct advantage against in the power department. Canelo will chase an opponent if they run from him like with Erislandy Lara. But if a fighter comes after Canelo, he turns tail and goes to the ropes or starts circling the ring like Mayweather. I don’t think Canelo has the heart to stand and fight. His basic DNA is to flee the battle field when the going gets tough like it did in the Golovkin fight.