The announcement of the Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin rematch for the middleweight title on May 5 could not have come at a better time for HBO.
HBO is coming off a dismal weekend with a pair of fights featuring world champions taking on fringe contenders. Jorge Linares faced Mercito Gesta in the co-main and won a dull, 12-round unanimous decision to retain his WBA lightweight title, while Lucas Matthysse won a secondary 147-pound title by eighth-round knockout over Tewa Kiram in an absolutely horrendous affair.
Golden Boy Promotions did promote the event, but put aside that Nyquil, because they are making up for it with the announcement of the most anticipated fight of the year -- the bout that the fans deserve.
Golovkin retained his middleweight title in a highly-controversial split draw during their first meeting on Sept. 16. What had been a killer atmosphere in the arena, quickly turned to boos, and sour Tecate.
Judge Adalaide Byrd scored it 118-110 for Canelo, which has become a popular tagline for questionable decisions. Dave Moretti gave the edge to Golovkin with a 115-113, while Don Trella had it 114-114.
Although the first fight drew a sold-out crowd of 22,358 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, it was not the Fight of the Year candidate that many envisioned. But all in all, it was still a good fight, and one of the best of the year.
The T-Mobile is still the most likely venue, but it's not official yet. Madison Square Garden in New York is still a possibility, as well as AT&T Stadium in Dallas, and other locations in the state of Texas.
12 rounds was not enough and with both fighters already getting a taste of what the other can do, expect more aggression in the sequel.
2017 was a banner year for boxing, and despite a hiccup to kickoff the new year, HBO is in line to hit a home run on Cinco De Mayo.