Saturday Night just three weeks after Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor put on the most anticipated fight in boxing history, the sport had a chance to feed off of the momentum it had built from that fight that delivered. Two of the biggest names in the game Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin fought in the same building the same ring at the same hour. I feel its an undebatable fact that these two were and are better boxers then Mayweather and McGregor as we speak, McGregor had never fought a boxing match and Mayweather while still very good had clearly lost a step from even the fight vs Manny Pacquiao nevermind at his peak…and it didn’t reach anywhere near the hype, the entertainment or even though they haven’t been released yet I would bet my life on not even 30% of the pay-per-view buys and both Mayweather and McGregor made nine figures in the fight, Alvarez and Golovkin had to scrap to earn seven. Celebrities such as Lebron James, The Osbourne Family, Don Cheadle, Jeff Gordon, Paul Pierce etc… This fight did not draw anywhere near that outing
Then to top it all off a fight that clearly was won by Golovkin who landed 218/703 punches 31% of punches landed, 108 of 361 jabs, and 110 of 342 power punches, Alvarez landed 169/361 punches 29.9& of punches landed, 55 of 233 jabs landed and 114 of 272 power punches. Advantage Golovkin in all categories but one which he only lost by only four in power punches and the fight was called a draw, with Judge Dave Moretti scoring it 115-113 Golovkin, Judge Adalaide Byrd scoring it 118-110 Alvarez and Judge Don Trella scoring it 114-all.
So with better fighters, the fight did not turn out to be as entertaining, did not have half the celebrity, not anywhere close to the same amount of buys, the fighters weren’t paid anything close and the result was much more questionable then Mayweather vs McGregor. The promoters for the fight dubbed it the real fight and said Mayweather McGregor was a fluke and pure money grab that fight exceeded the hype, and what little hype Alvarez vs Golovkin had even failed to hit that. And boxing wonders why it’s sport continues to die a little bit more after every fight.
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