When the clash between Kazakhstan's Golovkin, the undefeated middleweight world champion, and Mexico's Alvarez was announced last May, for about a month the showdown was being billed as the "Fight of the Year". Canelo and Triple-G are the two best middleweights in the world, and according to many, they're the two best pound-for-pound boxers, as well.
Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) has all-around talent, a great counterpunching game and mass appeal. While Alvarez often lets his opponents advance, he aggressively engages them in a game extremely hard for them to win; using his advantage in size and strength with a constantly evolving punching skillset to break down his opponents.
GGG comes into Saturday's meeting at the T-Mobile Arena boasting an unbeaten record, while the only defeat of Canelo's professional career came against Mayweather.
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Whatever happens, it promises to be a show-stopping night in Sin City, and we've taken a look at some of the best Opta facts ahead of what will surely go down in the annals as one of the all-time epic contests. Utilizing a snapping jab and brutal overhand right, Golovkin dishes out as much damage with his precise combinations as he does with his aggression as an in-fighter. I have seen the interactions between Max and Gennady and at times it is like Max is the older brother. "They're going to hit each other and give fans the kind of fight they want and expect".
In what is viewed by many as the most intriguing boxing match of the year, the ice cold Kazakh puncher and the flame-haired Mexican go head to head as two of the sport's biggest names put it all on the line. Golovkin is the harder hitter but Alvarez has a speed advantage. Golovkin, who won a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics, is hoping for the kind of performance that will finally win over fans not overly impressed by a 23-fight knockout streak of 18 middleweight title defenses.