Alvarez-GGG Rematch Likely For Cinco De Mayo, Though Venue Still Up In The Air
Reps for boxers Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez are "getting closer to finalizing their rematch for May 5," according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com. Cinco de Mayo, a "traditional date for a big fight involving a Mexican fighter, and Alvarez is by far Mexico's biggest active boxing star." Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez, who promotes Alvarez, said that he hopes to finalize the fight soon, "perhaps by the end of this week." Golovkin promoter Tom Loeffler said that there are "only three candidates in the running" to host the rematch -- T-Mobile Arena, MSG and AT&T Stadium. Loeffler: "Madison Square Garden wants to make an offer that would be the biggest gate in New York history, and everybody knows the numbers from the first fight, when we achieved the third-biggest gate in boxing history. If Texas or New York wants this fight they know what they're up against knowing what Las Vegas can generate" (ESPN.com, 12/12). In Las Vegas, Gilbert Manzano reports Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya has "made it a priority" to have the rematch at T-Mobile Arena. He said, "There’s no place like Las Vegas. These type of events have to take place in Las Vegas, and we have great partners with the MGM group and the T-Mobile Arena and AEG." Manzano notes there is also a "chance Alvarez could fight the winner of Saturday’s WBO middleweight title fight between Billy Joe Saunders and David Lemieux if negotiations fall apart with Golovkin" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 12/13).