The first steps have been taken to see Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin return to the ring for an eagerly awaited trilogy showdown after Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions recently revealed in an interview with ESPN, that the two were in preliminary talks.
WBC and WBA middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2 35 KO's) is looking to return to the ring soon, and whilst his next opponent remains a mystery, the biggest and most entertaining option appears to be another bout with Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1-34 KO's).
The blockbuster clash between the pair has been pencilled to take place on Cinco de Mayo, Sunday May 5, due to its popularity on the boxing calendar, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"Canelo Alvarez is fighting two to three times this year, and fighting the very best. Last night, I had preliminary talks with Golovkin’s people. So we threw it out there about fighting for a third time,’ De La Hoya told ESPN, as reported by BoxingNews24.
"Cinco de Mayo is the biggest week in boxing in Las Vegas. So we’re starting talks.
"Canelo is open to anything. Canelo is a fighter who wants to fight anybody to be great, and so a third fight is a possibility.
"We’re starting discussions, and we’ll see where it leads from there," he added.
Alvarez is coming off a third-round TKO victory over Rocky Fielding, which marked his debut on sports streaming site DAZN. The Mexican signed an 11-fight, $365 million deal with the company.
The pair met for a first encounter in September 2017, where the fight ended up in a split decision draw, leaving many observers feeling that Gennady Golovkin was robbed.
364 days later in September 2018, Canelo and Golovkin met for a thrilling second encounter, as Canelo prevailed and put an end to GGG's reign, as the Mexican claimed a frenetic final round on two of the three scorecards which ended up pivotal in avoiding a repeat of the draw that both men shared in their previous fight.
Despite De La Hoya's announcement, Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez has already cast an element of doubt by hinting Golovkin doesn't appear to keen for a third fight.
He said: "Looks like [Golovkin] does not want Canelo anymore. Prefers easy [fights] as before. We will see friends," per The Metro.
Boxing fans will be screaming for a trilogy fight and Canelo will have to seriously consider GGG as his next opponent to clear up any controversy from their last two fights.