By Miguel Rivera
According to Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristain, Mexican superstars Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) needs the perfect fight to overcome IBO, WBA, WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs).
The contest takes place on September 15th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The two boxers fought to a controversial twelve round split draw in September 2017, at the same Las Vegas venue.
Although Nacho admits that Canelo is a better looking boxer, it's Golovkin who is more effective at what he does.
"It's a very interesting fight and it will be more spectacular than the first. A lot of people are saying that Canelo is the one who is going to adjust, but I think Golovkin will be able to do it. Golovkin is one of those fighters who does not box pretty, but it's effective, and Canelo is one of the fighters who boxes pretty, but it's not as effective," Nacho told ESPN Deportes.
If Canelo is able to pull it off, Nacho would consider the victory to be the most important for Mexican boxing since the day that Juan Manuel Marquez - who Nacho trained - pulled off a brutal knockout of Manny Pacquiao in the sixth round of their fourth meeting in 2012.
"I still think that Golovkin's way of boxing and his punching will give him enough to prevail, but if [Canelo is very focused to get the] victory, then only the perfect fight can give that to him - otherwise [Golovkin] will win. For me the difference is the punch [of Golovkin].
"If Canelo manages to do the job, it will be great for Mexican boxing and maybe it will be the most important win since the knockout that Juan pulled off on Pacquiao. For me, it would be a real feat (if Canelo wins over GGG). I hope that there is nothing dark that obscures the fight, that whoever is able to secure that win is able to win clean and that it also suits boxing."