Canelo, Triple G and Oscar De La Hoya Are Hyping Up Their Fight So Mayweather Vs. McGregor Doesn’t Steal Their Thunder

The highly anticipated fight between Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez and Genaddy “GGG” Golovkin is still a few months away — it’s scheduled for September 16 in Las Vegas — but the two fighters are already making the rounds to promote their fight. Most likely prompted by the hype created after the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight announcement, Álvarez, Golovkin and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya appeared on ESPN’s “First Take” to discuss the upcoming fight. Here’s what went down:

“First Take” Co-Host Max Kellerman asked Golovkin, who is 35, if he’s slowing down at all. Golovkin said “no.”

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Kellerman asked: “Are you the same fighter you were five years ago?” GGG’s response: “The same. I feel great. Like 25 years old.”

Kellerman then asked Canelo what he thought about GGG being the “hardcore fans’ favorite fighter.”

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Canelo said he wasn’t fazed by it at all: “Cada quien tiene sus fans, yo los mios. Yo todavia estoy haciendo mi historia. Tengo 26 años y no me molesta. Cada quien tiene lo suyo (Everyone has their fans. I have mine. I’m still writing my history. I’m 26 years old and it doesn’t bother me. Everyone has their own thing).”


Canelo then responded to those who felt he was “ducking” a fight with GGG.

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Canelo said he was annoyed at the accusations, but said he would use it to motivate him in the fight: “Since the age of 15 I haven’t been afraid of anyone. I’ve fought with everyone.”

Co-host Stephen A. Smith asked De La Hoya what he thinks about the upcoming fight between Floyd Mayweather and MMA fighter Conor McGregor.

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The former champ said the Mayweather and McGregor fight was just a show. “This fight is the real fight. This is the middleweight fight the fans have been clamoring for, for a long time,” said De La Hoya.

Then, Smith cut to the chase: he asked GGG and Canelo if they disliked each other. GGG smiled and joked, “Sometimes.”

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Canelo said he has no personal beef with GGG, but emphasized that he’s “obsessed” with fighting him and beating him.

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Oscar De La Hoya, who was translating for Canelo, took a few liberties with his translations and YouTube commenters noticed.

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It was clear that De La Hoya was more focused on promoting that translating.

Oh, GGG also made an appearance on Univision Radio’s “El Bueno, La Mala y El Feo” show. They tried to get the Kazakh fighter to sing “El Rey” in Spanish, but he couldn’t really do it. He made up for it by doing a little dance:

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Watch the full clips of Canelo and GGG’s “First Take” appearance here:

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