The controversy surrounding the fight has been well publicized after Canelo failed a drugs test earlier this year pushing back the original rematch date.
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. They likely won't look into each other's eyes until the opening bell for a sellout crowd Saturday night.
But the Kazakh champion's tilt at the record books has become a footnote in a build-up dominated by the furor that erupted when Alvarez failed two drug tests in February, scuppering a planned May 5 rematch. He can only talk about the doping that got him suspended for six months by Nevada boxing authorities, but he can do something in the ring to alter the perception that his style is too conservative.
The two leading middleweights battled to a 12-round draw last September in an exciting bout that most pundits believed Golovkin won.
Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will both take home a guaranteed $US5 million for tomorrow's middleweight title rematch in Las Vegas.
"I don't believe all his stories about contaminated meat", Golovkin said this week.
Alvarez is 49-1-2 with 34 knockouts in his career.
"The error I made was there were some spots in the first fight where he was vulnerable and I didn't take advantage".
A more aggressive approach from Alvarez, however, may well play into Golovkin's hands. "I defeated the weigh-in, and now it's time to defeat him [Saturday] night".
Oddsmakers are expecting the fight to go the distance again.
"I know it's going to be a tough fight", Alvarez said.
"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. But the fighters declined to hold a joint news conference when the new deal was finished, and they declined to go on a media tour or stand face to face at the final prefight news conference Wednesday.
"This fight means a lot to me because of all that has happened and all that has been said", Alvarez said.
"If Canelo gives me a chance and fights like he claims he will, I will knock him out", Golovkin said.