Ever since Saul “Canelo” Alvarez revealed that he could speak English, his true feelings have become more evident. Now the current undisputed super-middleweight champion wants the world to know how he feels about his next opponent, Gennadiy “GGG” Golvkin, whom he faces on September 17.
“He’s not honest. He’s a f***ing a**hole,” Canelo said to TMZ of his upcoming September opponent. “He’s not honest. He pretends to be a good person and be different but he’s not.”
Alvarez and Golovkin have had two legendary fights, one ending in a draw and the other with a majority decision win. The two have always kept it relatively amicable, but apparently, Alvarez is pushing back against GGG’s politically correct image.
“He talks a lot of s*** about me,” Alvarez said. “He’ll say, ‘I respect him, his career.’ And, other part, ‘He’s an embarrassing boxer, he’s embarrassing for Mexican boxing.’ But in front of me, he’ll say, ‘he respects me and this and this.’ I hate that motherf***er because of that.”
However, although the trilogy has been four years in the making, Alvarez says the final pairing was inevitable.
“I think it’s good for me, for my legacy, and for the people too because the people want to see this fight,” Canelo said. “I like to be involved in these kinds of fights. My goal is to end this fight before the 12 rounds,” Canelo said. “I think I’ve done better than him for sure (since they last fought).
“We’ve had 24 good rounds between me and him. This is not going to be the exception. I’m going to bring all my best to try and end this fight before a decision.”
Canelo Alvarez on Gennady Golovkin: "He's a f***ing asshole. He talks a lot of s*** about me. He'll say, 'I respect him, his career.' And, 'He's an embarrassing boxer, he's embarrassing for Mexican boxing.' I hate that motherf***er because of that." [@TMZ_Sports]
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) July 4, 2022
Alvarez is coming off his second professional loss where he attempted to go back up in weight to light heavyweight and faced Dmitry Bivol. He previously fought Sergey Kovalev at that weight, winning the WBO light heavyweight title by eleventh-round KO. However, Alvarez lost handily to Bivol, a rarity in his career, and his opportunity to claim Bivol’s WBA title.
“Nobody likes to lose, but I took the risk. I feel proud of myself because I took the risk. I don’t need to take that kind of risk, but I like that kind of risk, that kind of challenge, and I’m proud of myself.
“I feel sad after the loss, but I took the risk because I want to be great. I’m looking for greatness. Like I said before when you’re looking for greatness, there’s a lot of things in front of you, hard things. I am still looking for it.”
Gennady Golovkin on his criticism of Canelo Alvarez in 2018: "I stand by my words. He is the one who tested positive and he is the one trying to come up with some excuses, trying to blame other people. That behaviour is, I would say, like a clownish behaviour." [@YahooSports]
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) June 29, 2022
Alvarez’s first loss was to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in a boxing masterclass that taught Alvarez his biggest lesson; he isn’t invincible. Bivol reminded him of that after a stellar run becoming the first undisputed super middleweight champion, and now he faces Golovkin, who is looking to get some get back.
Although GGG is 40 years old and not in his prime, he is still dangerous. With Canelo hoping to face Bivol again after a win in September, Alvarez must be on top of his game to continue his stellar boxing run.
“I’m 100% focused on this fight [with Golovkin] because it’s a dangerous fight,” Canelo said, “but 100% looking for a second fight with Bivol.”