Gennady Golovkin’s team is worried that a rematch with Canelo Alvarez will be hard to make.
In the first bout in Las Vegas 10 days ago, which according to most specialists, was dominated by GGG, Canelo was awarded a draw by the judges.
Boxing fans know how hesitant Saul Alvarez and his team were to make this fight happen. Golovkin has been waiting for years, and finally Canelo gave him his dream fight, when the Mexican was confident enough and ready.
However, GGG dominated and won the fight to the eyes of the majority in presence.
The decision of a draw was so controversial, that Canelo, fans favorite at the beginning, left the arena booed by his own compatriots.
Although Alvarez and his team said right after the bout that they are willing to make a rematch, it did not look like Canelo is eager to prove his superiority. The unspoken worry is that Alvarez realises how lucky he was with the decision and does not want to risk his image with a rematch.
Golovkin’s team is hoping that the Mexican public, with its sense of pride, will convince Alvarez to do it.
Tom Loeffler, promoter of the middleweight king, explained: "Canelo was under pressure from his own people to take the first fight and given the macho nature of his country he will be again.
"The culture is that Mexicans don’t run. And never before have we heard Canelo booed the way he was by his own Mexican fans in Vegas after the draw was announced.
"I’ve had a first conversation with Eric Gomez (Golden Boy president and chief negotiator) and while I don’t know yet what they want in the way of terms, it is clear they are keen to go ahead," Loeffler added.
"Triple G knows he really won the first fight and he would go again as early as December if they wanted.
"Canelo says he won the fight. If he truly believes that then he should have no qualms about the rematch."
Golovkin and his team should consider the rematch carefully, too.
They were on the receiving end of controversial decisions, which raises the question whether boxing would really allow GGG to beat Canelo, the face of boxing nowadays.
Not only did judge Adalaide Byrd score it 118-110 for Canelo, which was completely ridiculous.
There is also judge Don Trella, who more acceptably had it 114-114. But, deeper view shows that he gave round seven to Alvarez, and this was one of Golovkin's best rounds (EVEN judge Byrd gave it to Triple G).
Most pundits believe that Canelo will be better prepared and conditioned for the rematch, plus Golovkin will be older and could not surprise the Mexican anyhow.
Many factors will be in play for the making, but one thing is for sure, no one will be satisfied if this clash of titans remains unsettled.