Scores of 114-114 and 115-113 in Golovkin's favour appeared to fairly reflect the narrow margin between the two men - but ringside judge Adelaide Byrd's freakish scorecard, ruling in favour of Canelo by 118-110, left many observers baffled.
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.
It all goes down tomorrow (Sat. September 15, 2018) from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. "He would have got knocked out the first time, but he decided to make it a track meet".
The bad blood between the pair has grown since Alvarez was temporarily suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission in April for testing positive for the banned substance clenbuterol, forcing a postponement of their planned May 5 rematch.
The controversy didn't die down with the disputed decision - the original date for rematch had to be reworked because Saul failed a PED test, his reasoning: it must have passed through his system courtesy tainted meat he'd eaten in his native Mexico. "If he does that we'll be treated to a great fight".
But the consequences of Canelo's failed drugs test were enormous for Golovkin, too.
That had been the only concession in fight protocol made by Cavelo in deference to Golovkin's status as world champion - nit the Mexican stayed rooted to his chair when called to the scales. He has had 13 world title fights and won championships at 154 and 160 pounds.
If the slightly favored Golovkin beats Alvarez in their HBO Pay-Per-View main event Saturday night, Lampley would advise him to retire on the highest note of his 12-year pro career.
"I'm bothered by all the stupid things they've been saying and I've been using it as motivation in my training for this fight".
"I think this fight could be it".
However, the only way to watch all four fights is to order Canelo vs GGG 2 and tune in on TV.
The 2004 Olympic silver medallist, (38-0-1, 34 knockouts), has repeatedly accused his Mexican opponent of doping, raising the temperature in Las Vegas this week by voicing his suspicions again.
"I'm going to go in there to knock him out", Alvarez said. "Injection marks were evidently there", Golovkin said.