Anticipated to be one of the biggest fights of the year, the encounter has taken on added spice with Golovkin accusing Canelo of disrespecting boxing fans after his two failed drugs test scuppered original plans for a rematch in May earlier this year.
The fight is a rematch from a fight in September 2017 that ended with a controversial draw.
The undefeated boxing champion Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) will defend his WBA (Super), WBC, and IBO middleweight titles in a rematch against Mexican Canelo Alvarez. "Saturday night, there will be no escape".
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.
Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will both take home a guaranteed $5 million for Saturday's middleweight title rematch in Las Vegas.
"It's a real fight", Golovkin said this week.
A live preview show (9pm-9.30pm) and subsequent build-up to the first fight (11.30pm-12.45am) with BT Sport pundits David Haye, Steve Bunce and Richie Woodhall will be available to all existing BT Sport subscribers on BT Sport 1 HD, BTSport.com (via this link) and the BT Sport app. He will make his second title defense against Brandon Cook (20-1, 13 KOs), 32, of Toronto, who weighed 153.2 pounds.
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"At the moment I put him in the top five, and the only reason I don't put him any higher is because he needs that fight that people recognize, the signature fight or legacy fight", Sanchez said. "Every night before bed I visualize what I'm going to do, which is to get a knockout".
"I know it's going to be a tough fight", Alvarez said.
"And if he fights him, he's going to get knocked out".
An ill-tempered confrontation before several thousand fans at the T-Mobile Arena saw a minor scuffle after the two fighters came together after stepping on the scales.
"I just want him (Alvarez) to do what he says he will do and try for a knockout", said Golovkin's trainer, Abel Sanchez.
Judge Byrd was subsequently withdrawn from ringside duties for a short time by the Nevada State Athletic Commission before being asked to explain her scoring of the fight in a later inquest.
"He's promised the fans he's going to knock him out but in order to do that you have to be in range and then it gets risky", Sanchez said.