A rematch between Canelo and Golovkin was subsequently agreed that would have seen the two foes face off on May 5th in a fight perfectly poised to light up boxing's fabled Cinco de Mayo weekend.
A more aggressive approach from Alvarez, however, may well play into Golovkin's hands. Golovkin is 38-0-1 with 33 knockouts.
"I won the weigh-in, and tomorrow I'll win the fight", he said.
Alvarez is 49-1-2 with 34 knockouts in his career.
But in March, Canelo sent shockwaves through the sporting world by confirming he had tested positive for clenbuterol - a banned substance believed to help to strip fat and build lean muscle - in two separate tests administered in February.
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Canelo has contended that the failed drugs test was due to contaminated meat he ingested by accident in his home country of Mexico.
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Golovkin has - mostly through his trainer - tried to goad Alvarez into taking more chances in the rematch, claiming the Mexican star ran in the first fight.
Golovkin trainer Abel Sanchez hopes he does just that. A more stationary Alvarez, of course, would make him easier to hit, but Alvarez is more comfortable as a boxer and counter puncher and used those skills to his advantage in the first fight.
The official purses were confirmed to ESPN by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, although both fighters are expected to make upwards of tens of millions more after pay-per-view sales.
Their eagerly-anticipated showdown will be held at the same venue as their controversial split draw was last September, the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.