World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman was in awe last weekend, when he watched Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez dominate mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim for a third round stoppage to retain the WBC, WBA super middleweight titles at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.
In the aftermath of that fight, both Canelo and the WBC received a lot of heat - as many felt the contest was a complete mismatch from the very start.
Sulaiman believes Canelo has a love-hate relationship with the public - and compared the situation to what heavyweight legend Muhammad Ali went through.
"Muhammad Ali when he was fighting, half of the stadium wanted him to lose, the other half wanted him to win - and that's how his career was. When he retired he became an icon and later he was regarded as something out of this world. There are personalities," Sulaiman told ESPN Deportes.
Canelo wants to become the greatest Mexican fighter of all-time.
Sulaiman feels that he's capable of achieving that status.
"Yes, he can be [the greatest of all-time]. He is building his legacy. He has years to showcase himself in the ring, but it is difficult to compare the time periods. But it is nice to dream. What I saw on Saturday, I have not seen something like that for a long time," Sulaiman said.
Canelo will face WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders in a unification on May 8. A win could lead to a full division unification with IBF champion Caleb Plant in September.
Regarding the trilogy between Canelo and Golovkin, Sulaiman asserted that it could still happen down the line when both boxers deal with their commitments.
"It is an interesting fight, there have been 24 vibrant rounds between them, although Canelo has already beaten him, he has already gone to the next level. After Billy Joe Saunders and Caleb Plant, a third match could happen with Golovkin. I would like everyone to recognize what Canelo has achieved. Worldwide, he is considered number one in the world," Sulaiman said.