The fight went all 12 rounds, and when it was all said and done, many believed Golovkin handily took the fight on the judges' scorecards. After that point, Alvarez made a decision to lean against the ropes, let Golovkin start teeing off and most importantly, gain confidence and got out to what appeared to be a sizable lead on the scorecards.
Whether that translates into a more entertaining fight remains to be seen.
A bout that was a thriller first time round.
In August, William Hill's Nevada sportsbook took a pair of $50,000 bets on Alvarez, contributing to lopsided overall action on the underdog heading into fight weekend.
Whilst the selection of judges remained a hot topic during the negotiations for the rematch, both fighters have promised the scorecards won't be needed this time around, with both looking to cement their status as the world's best with a fearsome knockout. "So, I'm going to use this in my favor to train harder to give that extra push, and I'm going to use that anger intelligently in my favor". But it was a tough, competitive matchup that delivered in other ways even without a victor at the end. "I would expect quite a few large bets Saturday".
Armed with an iron chin, he will be hoping to add Canelo's name to the list of fighters he has felled inside the distance by inflicting the first knockout defeat of his rival's career.
For the opening HBO PPV bout, former four-division world champion and former pound-for-pound king Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez (46-2, 38 KOs), 31, of Nicaragua, who is returning from a one-year layoff and back-to-back losses, was 114.8 pounds for his 10-round junior bantamweight bout against former strawweight world titlist Moises Fuentes (25-5-1, 14 KOs), 30, of Mexico, who was 116 pounds.
"Every night in my bed before I go to sleep I visualize what I need to do to get the knockout", Alvarez said through an interpreter.
Mexico's Alvarez, 28, who was mistakenly called to the scale first but would not budge until Golovkin weighed in, was 159.4 pounds. "I know it's going to be a tough fight".
The Nevada State Athletic Commission also released the purses for the card.
Golovkin trainer Abel Sanchez hopes he does just that. "In order to win a fight you have to want to win a fight".
"I am bothered by all the stupid things (Golovkin's team) have been saying and I have been using it as motivation for this fight".
The first fight delivered not only in the ring but at the cash register, with a $27 million gate and 1.3 million pay-per-view buys.