Sanchez: Canelo Doesn't Have the Punching Power Golovkin Does

The long-anticipated Gennady "Triple G" Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez middleweight showdown Saturday night in Las Vegas had enough of a burden to carry with the time it took for this fight to happen - three years in the making. He's been on this doorstep before, a champion knocking on the door of next-level success and fame. Absolutely not. I think there's a few guys that can beat Triple G, and Canelo is on the top of the list.

Alvarez and Golovkin will fight on HBO pay-per-view Saturday, with the broadcast starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Connor said that one would have to go decades back to see another middleweight fight of this caliber.

Gennady Golovkin (-145) is one of the greatest pound-for-pound boxers in the world, owning a 37-0 record with an astonishing 33 career knockouts. "I would be proud to have that fight".

'I fought George Groves, Arthur Abraham, Sergio Martinez and Felix Sturm, and Golovkin was by far the best. "All I want to tell him is look, let's give the fans a great fight".

De La Hoya doesn't shy away from hyperbole, calling the bout the biggest the division has ever seen.

For Golovkin the fight is a chance to finally break out as a superstar outside the core of boxing fans who believe he is that already in the ring. Fighter rises through the ranks, defeats progressively better opposition, gets a bigger shot and goes from there.

In Golovkin fights there are those bad moments when his opponents can be heard suffering, letting out little screams as the Kazak maestro drills in short punches to the body and sickening hooks to the jaw. She will be first in the ring against Alexandra Vlajk, of Hungary, five hours before Golovkin and Álvarez box and, while the T-Mobile Arena will be nearly deserted when she boxes, this is still a big opportunity for Adams to impress.

Both fighters were at their professional best later at the final pre-fight press conference, a low-key affair for what is expected to be an all-action fight. It won't erase the Mayweather loss, but it could supersede it in a sense.

Most people don't think this will go the distance as both fighters are skilled ringmasters and have the ability to deliver knockout blows when the opportunity presents itself. "However, in my heart, I've always wanted this, and I've always dreamed of the day in which my discipline would pave the way to where I am".

Vanessa Coleman