The fight and the war of words is on. Both fighters are ready to get in the ring but they are going to have to wait until Sept. 15th to settle matters. I listened to their interview via facebook on July 3rd and they both look in fighting shape. I then watched their first fight without sound. I know that GGG might be the favorite because of all the hype of how everyone thought he won the first fight, and I was one of them, but now I’m not so sure. I saw Canelo, who everyone said ran, fight a superb fight. Canelo was quicker, more mobile, more elusive, landed the cleaner shots and avoided the big punchers heaviest shots. All in all, Canelo was the better boxer and maybe the better man for the first half of the fight. GGG, well, he’s a wrecking ball, and when you are used to be a wrecking ball the other nuances of boxing, that Canelo did so well, are absent or not worked on as much. They say styles make fights and this might be to the detriment of GGG. Canelo is the overall better boxer, the only equalizer is GGG’s power and reach over Canelo. Canelo shouldn’t change a thing except maybe work on his stamina, which is why GGG brought the numbers to even towards the end. Forget the hype, this about winning the titles and like any other sport, you have to play to your strengths. If Canelo does a little better version of his last fight and leaves GGG frustrated, he will walk out with those belts. I believe that GGG’s team is aware of this and that’s why they are using the “you ran” psychology on Canelo. They are questioning his heart and machismo and it might work if his trainer doesn’t see through this tactic. Canelo is the better boxer and he proved that. Now, let’s see if he lets his manhood gets the better of him because that’s the only chance GGG has unless he gets back to his roots of using a strong jab as his main weapon. Since GGG does have the reach, the only real way to nullify Canelo’s superior boxing skills is to keep that stick in his face and body. GGG is a savvy boxer, he’ll know when to unleash that right hand. If GGG uses that jab, like in the Lemieux fight, and works that body in the early rounds with viciousness, he might be able to offset Canelo’s movement. In the end, it’s still really a 50/50 fight. I wish I had the money to watch it but I’m going to have to watch the replay.
My prediction for this fight, unless there is an outside magical influence, you know who you are, I think I’m going to change it, someone will win or it might be a draw again but two people are going to be punching the hell out of each other.