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De La Hoya: I Strongly Believe Canelo Will KO Golovkin in Trilogy

Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya is very confident that Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) would score a knockout victory over Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) if the two rivals were to meet again in a third fight.

 Earlier this week, rumors ran wild of a trilogy agreement after the Nevada State Athletic Commission erroneously listed an event for Cinco De Mayo weekend with Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions as the listed co-promoters.

"We just made the phone call and the state athletic commission made a mistake," De La Hoya said to Brian Campbell of CBS Sports. "We have the hold for Canelo and it's for an [opponent] to be announced. There is nothing set in stone and we haven't even talked to Tom Loeffler's people. There is no Golovkin fight whatsoever next year. We haven't even discussed it and I haven't thought about it. First things first is Dec. 15 and Rocky."

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Canelo returns to the ring this coming Saturday night at New York's Madison Square Garden.

He's moving up to the super middleweight division for a fight with WBA "regular" champion Rocky Fielding.

De La Hoya has no problem with doing a third fight in the future - and apparently has no issue with staging a fourth and even a fifth encounter.

"Should there be [a third fight]? Would there be? Absolutely!" De La Hoya said. "There has to be a third fight, maybe even a fourth fight or a fifth. I sure hope so! But there is nothing for Cinco de Mayo or even for September with Golovkin.

"Canelo bullied the bully [in their rematch]. That's the only way he's going to beat Golovkin. If you push Glolovkin back, he can not fight going backwards. Golovkin knows one mode and that's forward. Canelo did a great job and if they fight again, I strongly believe Canelo will knock him out. And if they fight for a fourth time, Canelo will win again."