Via Allan Fox: Canelo Alvarez said his goal in Saturday’s match was to win a knockout against Gennadiy Golovkin, but if that doesn’t happen he will be content with going all 12 rounds.
It will be difficult for Canelo (57-2-2, 39 KOs) to score a knockout in this fight because to stop a boxer like Golovkin he will need to combine his punches.
One shot and 20 second rest will not work against Canelo. In the final matchup against Dmitry Bivol, Canelo delivered very few punches and looked tired at the start of the competition on May 7.
Bivol was able to take advantage of Canelo’s low punch and burnout by controlling the teamfight after the first three rounds.
If Canelo can’t KO Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KOs), he’ll need to speed himself up because he can’t afford to beat himself against a heavy hitter like GGG.
It’s safe to assume that Golovkin’s goal in this match was to try to knock Canelo out so that the umpires don’t have a chance to control the outcome.
Golovkin is the one who probably needs a knockout more than Canelo, as he had to take two questionable decisions in two encounters with fan favorite Canelo in 2017 and 2018.
That’s not to say Golovkin was perfect in either of those matches, as his game plan was fundamentally flawed.
That’s what makes the fight so difficult for Golovkin as he chooses to fight Canelo on the inside most of the time, and he lacks high level combat skills at that range.
The only reason Golovkin didn’t fully train was that Canelo lacked in the second half of both of those games.
“BILLIONhat is my goal for this fight [to score a knockout], but I will keep my mind focused. If the knockout comes, that’s okay. If not, I will fight 12 rounds,” Canelo Alvarez told Media about the fight against Gennadiy Golovkin.
“I was focused on not making the same mistakes, but I love boxing as much as I always do. A little bit, of course, but I feel great,” Canelo said when asked if he would have to lose muscle from 175 to 168 for this match. “Where I feel the best is at 168.
“He did a really good job. He is the same warrior. He is strong; he takes punches, and he hits really hard. He’s also a boxer,” Canelo said when asked about Golovkin’s less-than-impressive performance in his final matchup against Ryota Murata in April.
“I think he got hit a lot because Murata didn’t hit too hard. That’s why, ‘It’s okay, it’s okay.’ I think so.
“Since 2018, before the match with Golovkin, I stopped running because of my knee. For this camp, I started running again three times a week. So I feel better. I also did not run in the fight with Golovkin. Remember, I had surgery in April before the game.
“Its  always good for me. I don’t know what he’ll do [Golovkin] manage it. When I was between 154 and 160, I fought the best person in the world at the time, which was him. So I don’t have any problem doing that,” Canelo said.
Eddy Reynoso said: “Golovkin wouldn’t have too much of a problem shifting weights in this case.
“Strength can make a difference in the feel of a punch, but you don’t have to eat more to gain weight. That’s not what you do. You manage it that way,” said Canelo.
“Of course, that’s more motivating. You’ve seen that in my coaching as well,” Canelo said when asked if losing to Dmitry Bivol motivated him.
“The rivalry I had with Golovkin dates back many years. You have to watch on Saturday before you know if anything will happen in the future. We’ll see,” Canelo said about whether there will be a fourth fight with Golovkin.