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Canelo vs. GGG Canceled, De La Hoya vs. McGregor Step In
APRIL FOOL’S joke! 😀
Following a stalemate in their first fight, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin were ready to face off on May 5, 2018. After Alvarez tested positive for a banned substance, though, ‘Canelo vs. GGG II’ got canceled.
With no Pay-Per-View event lined up for a day like ‘Cinco de Mayo,’ boxing promoters went to great lengths to set up a new fight in a matter of days. Since Billy Joe Saunders rejected Canelo’s spot on the ring, Conor McGregor will get to return to the boxing arena one more time.
Fearing he would lose credibility, GGG decided to opt out of the fight if his rival was to be McGregor. The Irishman said he didn’t care who he boxed as long as he got to redeem himself after a wobbly ending to his boxing debut against Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather.
In steps Oscar De La Hoya, who previously stated he could knock Conor McGregor out in two rounds. De La Hoya says he’s in the best shape of his life, and despite age, he says he feels faster, stronger, and better in all aspects.
“You know I’m competitive,” said the Golden Boy on his digital radio show. “I still have it in me. I’ve been secretly training, secretly training. I’m faster than ever and stronger than ever. I know I can take out Conor McGregor in two rounds.”
Without much time to prepare and to stick to his word, Oscar is getting back on the ring. “I’ll come back for that fight. Two rounds. Just one more. I’m calling him out. Two rounds, that’s all I need. That’s all I’m going to say. You heard it on Golden Boy Radio. Two rounds, that’s all I need.”
De La Hoya [39-6, 30 KOs] hopes to come out of retirement to reach his 40th professional victory as a boxer, but McGregor won’t make it easy for him. The Irishman showed against Floyd that he could last up to ten rounds being competitive, so two might not be enough for Oscar to get a KO.
This bout will take place at the MGM in Las Vegas on May 5, 2018. Fans with tickets to ‘Canelo vs. GGG II’ have the option of getting a refund or watching the new main event.
Perhaps the best thing about this fight for McGregor is that he’ll get to use Mexican gloves. When he fought Mayweather, the contract stated that Mexican-made gloves were not allowed and no gloves made from horse hair.
McGregor expressed his love for the Cleto Reyes brand before the Mayweather fight, and will now be able to use the lighter, handmade Mexican pair. De La Hoya is still unsure about which gloves best suit him for this head-to-head with McGregor.
If you want to watch the fight for free, then feel free to tune in to a parallel universe where this is true. Because if you read this far, then now you know this is nothing but an APRIL FOOL’S joke! 😀