According to ESPN, MGM Resorts International -- the owner of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, where Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) and Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) are supposed to meet in the main event of their highly anticipated HBO pay-per-view event on Cinco de Mayo, is offering ticket buyers a full refund because of the probability that the fight will be canceled.
"If a fan requests a refund for the Canelo-GGG 2 fight they may receive one, in full, at the original point of purchase," an MGM Resorts International spokesman told ESPN in an email on Wednesday night.
Alvarez twice tested positive for the banned performance-enhancing drug clenbuterol in random urine tests conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association in his hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico on different dates in February.
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The Nevada State Athletic Commission issued Alvarez a temporary suspension last week and has required Alvarez to appear at a commission hearing regarding the issue on April 10. Alvarez and his legal team will be permitted to explain the situation at the hearing, at which the five-member commission will vote as to whether the fight can go ahead or whether Alvarez will have his suspension extended.
Alvarez traveled last week to Las Vegas to meet with commission executive director Bob Bennett for a 90-minute interview on the matter and claims that the positive test results are due to his eating contaminated beef in Mexico, where that has been an ongoing problem for athletes. Clenbuterol is popularly used in cattle feed by Mexican farmers because it helps reduce fat and increase lean muscle mass. The substance is banned for usage in the United States.
Since the positive test results came to light, Alvarez has been more rigorously tested by VADA and he has so far had a series of negative results for any PEDs, including in tests conducted on March 3, 5, 9 and 17. Popular opinion, however, is swaying towards the belief that Alvarez is a cheater for the second positive test and the MGM's refund definitely fans the flames of doubt on the possibility of the rematch.