Saul Canelo Alvarez weighed and Gennady Golovkin weighed in bang on the weight limit of 160lbs in front of 9,000 fans. Three weeks after Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor met in an odd spectacle, boxing shows off its best side in a scheduled 12-round fight that will pay both men millions and make one of them the undisputed top 160-pounder in the world. Fighting Miguel Cotto and Amir Khan in the fall of 2015 and the spring of 2016, Alvarez sold a combined 1.5 million PPV buys.
But in June, the Mayweather-McGregor fight was announced and the outspoken fighters commanded the media spotlight, helped along by a four-city global media tour that stretched across three countries.
This could be a fight where the boxer who can take the best shots wins.
A free live stream of Golovkin GGG versus Canelo Alvarez will be all over the Internet Saturday night, it will just be hard to find until the minutes leading up to the fight. "I'm ready to show how a true Mexican fights", Canelo told BoxNation.
When pondering specific match-ups in boxing, either between two active fighters or ones of a mythical nature, very few pairings truly give fans what many insiders call "the butterfly" effect.
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Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin highlight Saturday's fight card at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, facing off in the main event of an entire night of boxing.
What are the fighters' records?
Here, Sportsmail takes a look at the two fighters' five biggest fights during their careers to date. But a win over Golovkin would undoubtedly be Canelo's greatest achievement and arguably the most impressive middleweight feat in decades.
Alvarez is The Ring middleweight champion and the former lineal middleweight champion. But he's also the elder statesman in this bout (35).
A win however, particularly if it's a convincing performance, and he will be next in line for a showdown with the GGG/ Canelo victor. Golovkin, who speaks limited English, backed his comments up with a tweet warning Alvarez what was yet to come.
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