Either Canelo Alvarez got tired of hammering the human heavy bags that were placed in his path.
Or Oscar De La Hoya sensed that Gennady Golovkin was getting ready to join KARP (Kazakhstan Association of Retired People).
Or everyone feared the proposed Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather Gong Show might soak up all the remaining pay-per-view dollars in the universe.
We should not commit overanalysis on what broke the paralysis. Nor should we complain.
Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will fight Sept. 16, 2017, A.D. Yes, they will.
The announcement at T-Mobile Arena was a last-second bid to salvage Saturday night, to soothe the shame of devoting money and time to Canelo’s slow demolition of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Afterward, Golovkin walked into the ring to the tune of “Seven Nation Army,” which includes the lyric, “And I’m bleeding and I’m bleeding and I’m bleeding right before the Lord/All the words are gonna bleed from me, and I will think no more.”
Then the video board showed a promotion for “Bombs Away.”
Gee, you think this was in the works all along?
“We knew they were very close,” said Abel Sanchez, Golovkin’s trainer. “They had made a lot of progress the last few weeks. There are still some things to get done, like the location. We’ve gotten a lot of offers. I know people have said it will be in Las Vegas, and Gennady would like that because he’s never fought in Vegas, but we’ve not there yet.”
Jerry Jones has long wanted this fight to be at AT&T Stadium, and his Dallas Cowboys are not playing that day. Sanchez said the camps have heard from Dubai. Golden Boy has reserved the Sept. 16 date at T-Mobile, just in case.
The Canelo-Chavez pay-per-view numbers are supposedly very good. They will tell us if boxing has recovered from the $500 million Mayweather-Pacquiao eyesore, which attracted 4.4 million buyers and untold remorse.
Certainly the stars are lining up. Anthony Joshua’s win over Wladimir…