By Danny Picard
BOSTON — I hear it all the time.
“Boxing isn’t what it used to be,” they try to tell me.
I don’t necessarily agree, but it’s certainly tough to defend at times, especially after watching Canelo Alvarez spend 12 rounds beating up a seemingly overmatched Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Saturday night, which led to a unanimous-decision win for Canelo in Las Vegas.
Canelo is one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world. And if you believe in the importance of lineal championships, then Canelo is your guy in the middleweight division, being the man who beat “the man” back in 2015, when he defeated Miguel Cotto in a unanimous decision.
But not even Golden Boy Promotions can call Canelo’s latest fight an entertaining one. Which is why many with an interest in the fight game are more intrigued by the thought of Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor.
Whether or not that fight ever actually happens remains to be seen. But even without an official announcement, the anticipation for it has been set at a level that can only be described as a “must-see” event.
But I’m here to tell you that Mayweather vs McGregor isn’t the fight you should be clamoring for if you’re looking to be entertained when the bell rings. The fight you should actually want to see is Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin on Sept. 16, which was made official immediately after Canelo defeated Chavez Jr. on Saturday night. And as Canelo and Golovkin stood face-to-face in the ring, many of us boxing fans thought to ourselves, “Finally.”