After making easy work of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on May 6, Canelo Alvarez announced he will be fighting unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, or Triple G, on Sept. 16 at a site to be determined (the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is the likely destination, according to sources close to Sporting News).
If the date sounds familiar, it should. All signs were pointing to Floyd Mayweather returning to the boxing ring to face UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor on Sept. 16. Now, with the Canelo vs. GGG date set, that plan is longer in effect.
“We just lost our date to Canelo and GGG, but that’s a good fight,” White told Fight Hub. “I’ll be at that one too.”
Fans were universally excited to hear the announcement of Canelo vs. GGG, considering how easily the Mexican star disposed of Chavez Jr. Simply put, the Canelo vs. GGG fight is a more exciting fight for boxing fans — much moreso than Mayweather vs. McGregor.
Now that White lost the date for his biggest star against the best boxer of this generation, the UFC President didn't seem too upset when asked who would win between Alvarez and Golovkin.
"The fans win that fight," White said. "That’s going to be a real fight. That’s going to be a fun one.”
White gets it: He came from a boxing background before he got started with the UFC. He knows that if Alvarez and Golovkin put on the performance many expect, it could make a potential Mayweather vs. McGregor bout even bigger — if it actually ever happens.