Just a little over one year after they finally stepped into the ring against one another for the first time last September, Canelo Alvarez and Gennady "GGG" Golovkin are set to run it back in Las Vegas for the unified middleweight championship. With a rematch of this magnitude taking place, there is certainly no shortage of opinions on the outcome the second time around from the boxing world.Canelo vs. GGG 2: Everything you need to know
The 12-month fallout from their controversial first meeting has only added spice to the overall debate after Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) was forced to settle for a disputed draw and then watched as Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) failed a pair of February drug tests which postponed the original May 5 rematch date.
The two biggest stars of the 160-pound division, who sit firmly within the top 5 of boxing's pound-for-pound best, will do battle for the second time at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas ( >HBO PPV, 8 p.m. ET
>HBO PPV, 8 p.m. ET) with plenty at stake.
To get you prepared, we pooled the predictions of the sport's most well known current and legendary fighters and trainers to find out who holds the advantage entering this grudge match. Fair to say, after the first fight, many believe a different result will take place Saturday night in the desert.
Let's get to it.
Gennady Golovkin wins
Terence Crawford, WBO welterweight champion: "Triple G [wins] if he goes to the body. If Canelo boxes him and stays off the ropes, Canelo may get the decision. But it's Triple G if he goes to the body." [Via Mayweather Boxing Channel]
Timothy Bradley Jr., former two-division champion: "I don't see anything different this second time around. I see the same thing and the same type of fight. I see the same type of fight from Canelo because that's all I have seen of Canelo. Is he is going to have to go train on the moon to get a bigger gas tank, I don't know. The jab of Gennady is what breaks the timing of Canelo. If he keeps landing that jab on the forehead [and] splits that guard, Canelo is going to have a hard time countering him. If Golovkin goes down to that body to wear him down, you can't sustain that high pace of fighting, especially with a guy who punches that hard and every time he hits you, he drains you. I'm picking Golovkin by decision." [Via FightHub TV]
Shane Mosley, former three-division champion: "Canelo is the better technician, but I think Triple G is a little bit too big for him in that weight class at 160. It's kind of like when I went up to fight 'Winky' [Wright] at 154 and it felt like I punched hard, but when I punched him, it didn't feel like it was doing anything. I think that with Canelo it will probably be the same thing. He has good steam, but I just think Triple G is too big for him. In the last fight, Triple G was coming on [late] and Canelo really didn't want to fight in the 11th and 12th round. I'm going with Triple G because he is consistent, has power and is fearless. He goes out there and he fights." [Via Mayweather Boxing Channel]
Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., former three-division champion: "When a fighter is used to a fight rhythm, it's hard when you have a pressure fighter in front of you, a fighter that forces the fight. It's hard to change the fight rhythm you always had. I believe that Canelo won't change his position. It's very dangerous to trade punches with GGG. We all know this. Canelo will fight the same fight with frequency of punches." [Via ESPN Deportes "A Los Golpes"]
Evander Holyfield, former four-time heavyweight champion: "I think Triple G because he is one of those guys who is very aggressive and has good defense. He has power in both hands. He comes to fight all of the time, he makes the fight." [Via Mayweather Boxing Channel]
Ricky Hatton, former two-division champion: "I felt Golovkin [won the first fight] and Triple G probably underperformed a little bit. He is technically a lot better than people give him credit for. I think he can go away and work on some things and came back where I think Canelo is Canelo. I think with Canelo you will get the same, no disrespect to him." [Via Seconds Out]
Billy Joe Saunders, WBO middleweight champion: "I think Golovkin took it the first time and got robbed. I think Golovkin will win the rematch. I think Canelo's [failed drug test] was what it was. Money speaks all languages and people need to just get on with it. The fight has been made and the fight is here. You can't have an opinion on it. Hopefully Golovkin will win and then we can get a unification." [Via Boxing Social]
Badou Jack, light heavyweight contender: "Triple G won the first fight and he will win the second fight." [Via Mayweather Boxing Channel]
Lennox Lewis, former three-time heavyweight champion: "It was an interesting decision the first time that they fought. I think that because they get to do it again, somebody is going to want to say, 'No, I'm not going to make no mistake this time. I'm not leaving it up to the judges.' Let's hope one of them says that. I think Golovkin is going to say that. He's known as the knockout man. Golovkin is a great fighter. He moves and is trying to knock you out. You can see what he wants to do on his face. Canelo is a smart fighter and can box both ways and be aggressive. In the first fight, Golovkin became the boxer and I don't think the judges gave him credit for it because they are not used to seeing him box. This particular fight, I would love to see what he is going to do in this fight, whether he's going to be the aggressor, whether he is going to be the boxer or whether he is going to be both." [Via BT Sport]