Great fights will always need to be made, in succession of one another, giving fans a reason to care again and spend their money in an already overcrowded arena of competing entertainment. Those four inches of height and 10 or 20 pounds for Chavez meant nothing.
There was no title on the line Saturday as Alvarez moved up in weight to fight the much bigger Chavez at a catchweight of 164lbs.
By the ninth round, Chavez's face was clearly showing the beating Canelo was administering.
A left by Lemieux (38-3) opened a large gash above Reyes' right eye in the second round.
Alvarez, on the other hand, besides losing to Mayweather, defeated Erislandy Lara, James Kirkland, Austin Trout and other very good fighters at Junior Middleweight. Alvarez landed 83 jabs to Chavez's 15.
What if Canelo or Golovkin lost in that time frame? From the opening round, Alvarez outclassed Chavez with combinations to the head and body. That is, no defense.
Alvarez earned a guarantee of $5 million, Chavez $3 million. "I want to show that regardless of size, I'm better than my opponents". The fight is done. Watching his post-fight interview, he said: I did the fight the way trainer Nacho Beristain wanted and I am not used to this style which made me lose the fight! "When I was born, fear was gone". "I have had hard encounters - the upcoming fight without any doubt will also be difficult". Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya says that he has received various calls from around the globe such as Dubai and the United Kingdom. According to USA Today, Canelo and Triple G will finally get it on during Mexican Independence Weekend. But it's signed, sealed and delivered.
Alvarez treated the lopsided bout as if it were a sparring session, even standing between rounds for the entire fight.
"I feel very excited, right now is a different story", Golovkin said.
As Golovkin prepared to leave the ring, he said: "Good luck in September", to which Canelo replied: "Luck is for mediocre people".
"First, I consider myself a person of strong mental strength, and I knew I had to focus". Why is this not gonna happen?' I told everybody it's gonna happen in September .
Golovkin added: "This is the biggest challenge of my career".
He did not put it down to Canelo hurting him early on or his own decision to retreat from him and decline to engage.
The top storyline coming into Saturday's fight was the high degree of animosity between the two most popular fighters in Mexico.
We live in a society where we want everything right here, right now. When it was over, there was no hugging between the men, as is the trademark of sportsmanship in this brutal sport. Both fighters weighed 164 on Friday, and both declined to be weighed on fight night. But Chavez later praised his foe. "He didn't hurt me", Chavez claimed. That's a good fight. "When he went to the ropes, I just didn't have the strength to go after him and do some damage", Chavez said.
"If I would've attacked more I would've been countered by his punches".