By Carlos Boogs
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya, who handles Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs), says a September fight with middleweight king Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) is practically a done deal with only one missing piece to complete the agreement - a signature from Golovkin.
Both fighters will also have to win their upcoming bouts.
Golovkin has to make a mandatory defense against Daniel Jacobs on March 18th from New York's Madison Square Garden. Canelo will take on countryman Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at a catch-weight of 164.5-pounds on May 6th at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
De la Hoya and Canelo have placed a deal on the table - and they say it's up to Golovkin to accept the terms.
"The fight is there. It's only going to take for Golovkin to accept the deal that we have on the table. It's the most lucrative deal that he's ever had. So the fight is there, but first thing is first. Look, there can not be a Golovkin fight because you never know what is going to happen on May 6th. This is a fight with Chavez that is dangerous and tough," De La Hoya told Sports Illustrated.
"Like Canelo said, the [Golovkin fight] offer is there. It's not on us, it's not on Canelo - it's on Golovkin. It's always been there [in Golovkin's court]. Canelo doesn't run from anybody. He wants to fight the very best. What fighter have you heard of, at 26 years old, has already fought the likes of Lara and Trout and Mayweather and is going to fight Chavez and fought Khan, and the list goes on and on with Cotto and Mosley. He's fought everybody in his time.
"At 25 years old and 26 years old, he was fighting the best. Not even myself or the great Julio Cesar Chavez [was doing that at his age]. Obviously when you have a great fighter like Canelo, you want him to face the very best and that's what he's going to do."