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Is Golovkin-Canelo boxing's next megafight?

Could a bout between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez be boxing's next big thing? Oscar De La Hoya certainly thinks so...

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Now before any of you start salivating over the thought of a GGG-Canelo showdown, note that in the video above Oscar is saying that it'll be around 2-years before he tries to make that bout. We all know a lot can change in two years time, but for now, let's look at it from the current landscape.

Canelo is probably the youngest legitimate star in the sport today and GGG is seeing his star rise with each passing performance. Ultimately, there may not be much left out there for either man except for each other. Just using the eye test, Canelo looks like a pretty big junior middleweight and I'm certain he wouldn't have much trouble fitting into 160lbs. So looking down the road and knowing the eventuality of things, Oscar is already starting to issue tickets to board the hype-train.

The one piece of this video that caught my ear was when Oscar said that a bout between the two men, two years from now, "would surpass any type of number or hype" that Mayweather-Pacquiao hit. Now look, I'm completely aware that this is just 'promoter-talk' but really, is there any real chance that GGG-Canelo eclipses 5 million PPV buys? It's a little hard for me to fathom.

But you tell me, fans, how badly do you want a bout between GGG and Canelo? Is it the next big fight in boxing? Can it really surpass the global reach and scale of Mayweather-Pacquiao?

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