By Miguel Rivera
Felix Trinidad Sr., father and head trainer of three division world champion Felix 'Tito' Trinidad, is clearly siding with WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) to defeat Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs).
Last Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the fight was officially announced for September 16th.
Trinidad Sr., who guided his son to world titles at welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight, does not believe Canelo is physically capable of hanging with GGG at the middleweight limit.
Trinidad Sr. watched Canelo's fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, from last weekend, and he wasn't completely impressed by the performance.
He does not believe Canelo carried up his power to the higher weight, and feels that will hurt him against a fighter like Golovkin.
The fight with Chavez took place at a catch-weight of 164.5-pounds. Prior to that fight, Canelo had never fought any higher than 155.
Chavez appeared to be dead at the weight, which was his lowest since 2012 when he was competing as a middleweight.
Canelo punished him for twelve rounds, battering him with hard shots throughout the contest - but he was never able to score a knockdown or seriously hurt Chavez to the head or body.
"I've always favored Gennady Golovkin to win. In that division, he is more of a complete fighter than Canelo. He can box, punch, he's a technician. He won gold in the amateurs [editor's note: GGG won Olympic silver]. He's a complete fighter in every sense of the word," Trinidad Sr. told Jose Sanchez.
"What I do not know, from the outside looking in, is whether or not [Golovkin] has any weight problems. But it does not look like his performances are declining."
"What Canelo demonstrated [against Chavez Jr.] is that he's strong in the middleweight division but he doesn't have that punch. And that will really work against him against Golovkin."
Trinidad Sr. believes the reason the fight with Chavez Jr. was made, at 164.5-pounds, was to give Canelo a boost of confidence with respect to competing at a higher weight class.
"That fight [with Golovkin] has been sold for some time. The fight with Chavez was perhaps a way to convince themselves that they could [fight] with a middleweight. But there is an abysmal difference between Golovkin and Chávez's son, and you can't use [that fight] as a barometer," Trinidad Sr. said.
"I think what they might be doing is trying to strengthen a positive mentality in Canelo. I saw him talking in the ring with confidence. He said the next fight was with Golovkin. What they were looking for was the perfect moment for Canelo to ask for it, to announce it by saying - 'I want it now because the only one who commands me is me.'"