Reasons for the delay ranged from Alvarez not wanting the fight, to Oscar De La Hoya not wanting to risk his golden goose losing, to De La Hoya wanting his star client having enough time in building his body up for the grind of the 160-pound division.
His last fight against Julio Cesar Chavez resulted in a comfortable points win but sparked boos from a crowd unimpressed by Chavez's survive-at-all-costs approach. When two hard punchers show respect for each other's power, the fight usually becomes a boxing match where each fighter tries to wear down his opponent for an eventual kill in the later rounds. Triple G is top of the rankings when it comes to jabs landed per round, averaging 12, which is over double the average across the professional ranks.
Even though Golovkin hasn't been in as many high-profile fights, the magnitude of this bout will not affect either of them in the slightest. "But that's what I've prepared for - to knock him out".
"It's the biggest day for boxing, for this era - this huge history fight", said Kazakh fighter Golovkin.
Canelo v Golovkin is live this Saturday night on BoxNation Box Office.
Whatever you call it, it shapes up as the most anticipated fight of the year in boxing. Thankfully, Canelo-Golovkin is almost upon us, and the fight is at least happening within the acceptable window of peak viability. They all fought on the same card in Jalisco in 2008 and oldest brother, Rigoberto, went on to win the WBA interim world light middleweight title.
You would have to back Billy Joe to win that with his superior ability.
Jeff Sherman, assistant sportsbook manager at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, opened the fight with GGG -150 and Canelo +130.
So what is Alvarez gets to rattle Golovkin?
Styles really do make fights, and these are two fighters with explosive styles.
"I'd like to wish all the middleweights fighting this weekend the very best of luck!"