Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya isn’t bashful about letting fans know where his allegiance comes in for this Saturday’s match-up on Showtime pay-per-view between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) and Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
De La Hoya is backing Canelo to the hilt in this fight in wanting/needing him to beat the 31-year-old Lara. The reason why De La Hoya needs Canelo to win the fight is because he now represents Golden Boy’s biggest start in their stable, so for him to lose the fight to Lara would be a brutal blow to the company.
When asked if Lara has a chance in this fight, De La Hoya said “Absolutely, every fighter in the ring has a chance. This is a fight where one punch can change the whole fight. I’m expecting a great fight, but obviously I’m with Canelo 100%.”
Canelo has to win this fight because a loss to Lara would hurt his chances of bringing in big pay-per-view fights in the future where he’s considered the A-side.
Things are already bad that he was beaten by Floyd Mayweather Jr last year in September in their mega fight Canelo has won his only fight since that bout in stopping Alfredo Angulo I the 10th round last March, but that fight isn’t really relevant to what will be happening on Saturday night when Angulo fights Canelo.
Canelo has been built up to be the future of boxing by Golden Boy for the last couple of years, but his loss to Mayweather exposed the fact that it was premature to see Canelo in that fight because he still looked very, very raw in that fight and definitely not ready to take over for Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao when they leave the sport. Canelo looks like a solid fighter, but no someone that you can count on with a 100 percent certainty that he’s going to win any given fight unless it’s a mismatch on paper like his recent fight against Alfredo Angulo was.
It’s going to be exciting to see what De La Hoya does if Canelo loses this fight o if he wins it. Either way, he’s going to need to make some interesting fights for him in the future.