Of course, the famous title above is an ode to the great William Shakespeare, who some 400 years ago penned what is widely considered his best comedy. Shakespeare (like the sport of boxing these days) is better known for tragedy, and “Much Ado About Nothing” ultimately delves into it through a series of meditations on honor, shame, and court politics.
It is an appropriate phrase when pondering the prospects of a so called mega-fight between middleweight boss Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (34-0, 31KOs) and WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32KOs), for it is a fight devoid of any honor, is totally shameful, and full of dirty politics that only a nefarious fight promoter would consider clean.
This past week during the run-up to Superbowl 50, we all learned that Canelo would be risking his WBC middleweight title against (eh-mm..) Amir Khan on May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. That it is so far the biggest event on the 2016 docket is- in and of itself, embarrassing. Golden Boy head honcho Oscar De La Hoya actually tried to sell us on the validity of this farce with a straight face, while knowing full good and well he’s merely protecting his cash cow with a sacrificial lamb before serving him up to the lion that is Golovkin.
Or is he?
Upon further inspection, careful consideration and just a fairly educated guess, I don’t believe De La Hoya has any plans on pitting Canelo against GGG if logic has anything to do with it. Seated at ringside in “Sin City” for the Mexican sensation’s battle with Miguel Cotto in November 2015 was Golovkin to scout his potential foe, and both he and trainer Abel Sanchez walked away unimpressed by what they’d just witnessed. Not because Alvarez isn’t a great fighter (he is), but because he’s nowhere close to a great middleweight.
Yet because of the disturbing political element that has weaved its way into a sport not known for ethics to begin with (which started with the diva-like Cotto beating former WBC middleweight champion crybaby Sergio Martinez at a ridiculous 157lb catchweight), Alvarez- at a mere 155lbs, was able to capture one of the most prestigious titles in all of sports by facing an illegitimate champion. Sure, he beat Cotto via narrow unanimous decision, but he never really hurt or had Cotto in any serious jeopardy at all.
Consider that the much smaller Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao mauled a more prime Cotto and was able to hurt him every time he landed a power punch back in November 2009 before forcing Kenny Bayless to intervene in the 12th round. In May 2012, if Floyd Mayweather had a little more killer instinct in him to go with his technical brilliance, it is conceivable that he could’ve gotten Cotto out of there at super welterweight (154 lbs) with notoriously brittle hands.
If a full-fledged Canelo (mind you, at the weight he’s most comfortable at) could not hurt a Cotto over 12 rounds that was hurt by the aforementioned smaller superstars, how in the world would he be expected to compete with the iron-chinned Golovkin? Perhaps a better question would be, is Alvarez even being truly prepared for Golovkin? Based on this decision to fight Khan to launch his 2016 campaign while considering what he did with 2015’s, then one would have to think he’s not really preparing for Golovkin at all.
Canelo’s spectacular May 2015 KO of James Kirkland – while extremely impressive, wasn’t really unexpected, as Kirkland was nothing more than an exciting, do-or-die clubfighter of the ESPN variety. By opting to fight someone even smaller than Cotto, and a fighter in Khan that was flat-lined by new WBC welterweight champion (we don’t even want to get started on that) Danny Garcia at super lightweight (140 lbs), there is no way that the Canelo cognoscenti can believe they are preparing their fighter for a monster like Triple G. It is a point that will more than likely be driven home on April 23, when Golovkin bludgeons a hapless Dominic Wade on HBO in Los Angeles.
If Canelo then struggles with Khan in any way just two weeks later, it’ll prove disastrous for any prospect of a fight between GGG and Canelo; a fight that based on this analyses, is a 10 round massacre won by Golovkin which could potentially ruin Canelo altogether. You see, something very despicable always happen when promoters like De La Hoya starts conspiring to conspire on a suspecting public. Fans aren’t stupid, and are getting increasingly smarter with their hard earned money- as evidenced by recent PPV numbers in connection with big fight events.
What we all need to hope for is that Mayweather will decide to answer Golovkin’s true desire and end a retirement none of us believes to be real anyway. With no real superfight on a 2016 schedule desperately in need of some sex appeal, a Mayweather/Golovkin Superbowl 50- if you will (we’ll be alright with a ridiculous catchweight for this one), is far more tantalizing than a much-ado-about-nothing fight being served up as super between combatants 5 lbs and several worlds apart.
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