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Golovkin Explains Saunders Deal, Tense Negotiations For Canelo

24/7 Canelo/GGG 2 debuts Tues., Aug. 28 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. Canelo vs. GGG 2 takes place Saturday, Sept. 15 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at a special time of 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.

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Did you ever worry that this rematch might not happen? How close were you to moving on to another opponent?

“Of course I wanted the rematch to happen but it was never a worry for me if it did or did not happen. That is because after Canelo failed two random drug tests in February everything changed. After I beat Vanes Martirosyan on May 5, I authorized my promoter Tom Loeffler to begin a new negotiation for the rematch with Canelo," Golovkin said.

"Canelo and Golden Boy Promotions assumed I would fight under the terms of the May 5 rematch and they were unhappy when I gave them my terms. What they refused to admit was that it was their side that changed everything once Canelo failed his drug tests. That was their fault not mine.

“My team and I treat everyone we do business with on a professional level. Whether we agree or disagree we show respect. But Golden Boy decided that they would share my proposal with the media and insult me -- every day. I guess they thought the media, the event partners, and the fans would agree with them and put pressure on me to accept their terms. It did not make a difference to me.

"It did not make a difference to the fans, they just wanted to see the fight. I knew what I wanted. I knew what was fair. So it was easy to deal with Golden Boy. I did not care what others thought. I am the champion. Canelo was the challenger. If they wanted the rematch, this time it would be on my terms.

“How close was I to moving on to another opponent? I actually had. Golden Boy gave me a deadline to accept their latest "final offer." They were very public about that too. I had a deal in place to fight WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders in August and I was planning to start my training camp in Big Bear. Tom told the Saunders team that if Canelo agreed to my terms we would take that fight first. We were honest with them. That is how we deal with people. One hour after the deadline for Golden Boy's "final offer" passed, Tom received a call from them saying they would meet my terms and the deal was done.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by aboutfkntime on 08-18-2018

[QUOTE=Boxing Logic;19029570]How come none of the spoiler movers in GGG's division were willing to fight GGG in his prime then if he was never any good? You can't duck someone until they get old, then claim they were never good…

Comment by Boxing Logic on 08-18-2018

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;19021916][B]nope !![/B] ..... and, didn't read the rest Golovkin was very good against lower-level static opponents..... just like every other top fighter [B]THAT[/B], is why they avoided the mover spoilers..... and [B]THAT[/B] is why Sanchez admitted that Golovkin needs his…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 08-16-2018

[QUOTE=AKAcronym;19024897]Ahh...he's still claiming GGG ducked Lara. Yet, after all that talk, it was still Golovkin's side who reached out, prompting Lara and his team to stay at 154, despite all that had been said.[/QUOTE] link..... coz yea, that is bullshht…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 08-16-2018

[QUOTE=fernandtg;19024885]So you think that GGG ducked Cotto? ROFL, I’m gonna have to stop replying after this one.[/QUOTE] snap out of it, you entitled little muppet that is why we cannot stand you casual-fan bandwagoners [B]FACT:[/B] little 153lb Cotto was a…

Comment by AKAcronym on 08-16-2018

Ahh...he's still claiming GGG ducked Lara. Yet, after all that talk, it was still Golovkin's side who reached out, prompting Lara and his team to stay at 154, despite all that had been said.

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