Canelo Alvarez challenges for the middleweight championship against Gennady Golovkin – Triple G to you and me – this Saturday, in Las Vegas. Many experts and fans alike believe this will be the toughest opponent Canelo has ever faced. The match-up has fight of the year potential written all over it. Yet, there are some that question whether Canelo wants any part of Triple G. However, we believe its time to stop questioning whether Canelo is the real deal. Here are five moments, the man showed us he was a great fighter, champion and man.
1. Win Over Shane Mosely
Although it was Canelo’s 41st fight as a professional, at the time Canelo was still largely untested. Many of his early bouts were not against championship caliber opposition. Although Mosely, was clearly past his prime, he was still a step up in opposition for Canelo and a dangerous opponent capable of pulling out a victory over the young up and comer (don’t believe us, look up Larry Holmes vs. Ray Mercer). In any event, it was a test for Canelo and one he passed with flying colors. He easily out-punched Mosely over the course of 12 rounds and cruised to a unanimous decision.