LOS ANGELES — Canelo Alvarez said his next game with rival Gennadiy Golovkin is “personal” and it would be “sweet” if he could send Golovkin into retirement.
Alvarez told a Hollywood press conference on Friday that he dislikes Golovkin and thinks “GGG,” which is adored by fans, is fake. The two will meet for the third time on September 17 in Las Vegas.
Alvarez and Golovkin fought to a draw in 2017, and Alvarez won the rematch in 2018. Both of those fights were very close decisions and Alvarez took umbrage that Golovkin implied Alvarez avoided a third fighting for the past four years. years.
“He always pretends to be a nice guy, like in front of people,” Alvarez said. “It’s a–hole, that’s what it is. It’s a–hole. It is what it is. I don’t pretend to be nice. That’s how I am. I don’t pretend to be another person. He always pretends in front of you and people, ‘Oh, I’m a nice guy.’ He is not.”
Meanwhile, Golovkin said Friday there was nothing personal about the fight, and he thought any beef between the two was crushed when they hugged after the second fight. Alvarez scoffed at that notion, saying Golovkin “knows” why Alvarez is upset.
“He always talks about I’m scared I run away when I fight the best guys out there and he fights class D fighters,” Alvarez said. “He talks about a lot of things about me. That’s why it’s personal to me.”
Alvarez is ESPN’s No. 4 pound-for-pound boxer. At 168 pounds, he is ranked No. 1; Golovkin is No. 2 at 160 pounds. The trilogy fight will take place at 168 pounds after the first two fought at 160. Alvarez, 31, is the undisputed champion at 168 pounds. Golovkin, 40, holds two belts at 160.
The two had an intense stare Friday that lasted nearly two minutes straight without either of them breaking their gaze.
Golovkin, through an interpreter, said he didn’t want to answer any “provocative” questions about what he thinks of Alvarez. But he added the Mexican star shouldn’t have gotten away with his reputation after testing positive for the banned drug clenbuterol ahead of their second fight in 2018. Alvarez denied knowingly ingesting the substance .
“If he did something wrong once, it can’t be completely forgotten,” Golovkin said. “You don’t come out clean after you do something wrong. It will stay with you.”
Alvarez said he plans to come out more aggressively and look for a knockout after falling by unanimous decision to Dmitry Bivol on May 7. And there’s nothing Alvarez wants more than to make Golovkin’s last fight.
When asked what it would be like if he sent his rival into retirement, Alvarez replied, “So nice.”