‘Big Drama Show’: Canelo & GGG arrive in Las Vegas ahead of super fight this weekend
The fight is widely expected to be a throwback fight to the golden era of boxing, a theme the fight promo video has artistically honored by depicting both fighters in classic boxing gloves in an old-school gym.
Mexican boxer-puncher Canelo, 26, is the crowd favorite and is looking to prise the undisputed title from long-time Kazakh champ Golovkin, feared the world over for his disproportionately solid punching power, in a matchup being touted as the ‘fight of the decade.’
Despite the startling reputation of the 35-year-old Golovkin, tough man Canelo maintains he has prepared to do what no man has done before as a professional and not only beat, but knock Gennady Golovkin out.
“It’s a very important fight for my legacy and my career,” Canelo said in an interview with IFL TV.
“I’ve prepared myself to knock him out. I’ve work hard, I’m going to look for the knock out. It’s a fight that’s going to be spectacular however long it lasts.
“Don’t miss this fight, it’s going to be a great fight come this Saturday night."
The IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC middleweight belts held by Golovkin, as well as the Ring title, which is currently held by Canelo, will all be on the line when the two titans clash at the T-Mobile Arena Saturday.
Ahead of the fight, the two fighters faced a flood of press and fans at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, with Golovkin taking the opportunity to parade his belts in front of the cameras.
LA-based Golovkin has won all 37 of his pro fights, including 33 big wins coming by way of stoppages, building a reputation as a devastating finisher who can unleash uncanny and unorthodox punching power from either hand.
Golovkin promised his signature ‘big drama show’ Saturday night, but many feel 26-year-old Canelo will provide his toughest test to date.
Speaking on US sports show 'First Take', Golovkin said he believed the fight was one step towards history.
"Right now is new story. Another story, you know. Canelo is Canelo. My fight with Canelo is different story. My fight with Kell (Brook) or Daniel (Jacobs) this is regular fight.
"Right now is history fight. First step to history fight."
Canelo’s professional career, which began when he was still only 15, has been blighted by only a solitary loss to pound for pound great Floyd Mayweather in 2013, posting an impressive 34 KOs from his 49 wins.