For Oscar De La Hoya, the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, there is no strain in the relationship with Mexican superstar Canelo Álvarez.
Earlier this week, De La Hoya explained that it was practically a given Canelo would face Gennadiy Golovkin in a trilogy fight in May or September of 2020.
But a few days later, Canelo rejected the idea of facing Golovkin and questioned the reasoning behind De La Hoya's statements pertaining to a third fight.
In the last few months, there has been heavy industry chatter that Canelo was unhappy with some Golden Boy's business decisions. He openly blamed Golden Boy on social media for the situation which caused the IBF to strip him of the middleweight belt.
A few days ago, Canelo and De La Hoya came together to officially announce the November 2nd showdown with WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
"They are rumors, obviously people can speculate and talk, but we've had a great relationship (with Canelo) for many years. I have been his promoter for more than 10 years and we are happy to continue working with him, and we are happy to introduce this fight on the 2nd of November," De La Hoya told ESPN Deportes.
Since their press conference, however, Canelo explained that he had no idea why De La Hoya would make the promise of a third Golovkin fight.
"I do not know why he brings that up. Sometimes he says things that he should not say or talks about things that he should not talk about, things that cannot happen. We have a very dangerous fight first, what he is saying does not make any sense," Canelo told ESPN Deportes.
Canelo stated that he wants to take the biggest risks possible, which is why he says he doesn't view Golovkin as future possibility.
"The truth is that I did not visualize that fight right now, I am taking these risks, these fights for my career, and right now [Golovkin] does not represent anything to me. I beat him twice (it was a draw and victory) and he does not represent a greater challenge for me to fight with him," Canelo said.
"For the same reason I am taking these challenges, I think [Golovkin] should take these challenges in his career, but he has not taken any risks.. It really does not represent any challenge to fight him again, so I am doing this [fight with Kovalev], big fights, big challenges for my career and the love of boxing."