In the actual movie "Game of Death", a martial arts movie star must fake his death to find the people who are trying to kill him.
The star of the film, the legendary and iconic Bruce Lee, actually died from a real life game of death in 1973, but the movie came out in 1978. Never fake, perhaps he knew who was trying to kill him, and denied any attempt at being artificial while refusing to forsake what is real.
The training camps of both Floyd Mayweather and Saul Canelo Alvarez are very real, and at least one of them knows that the other will try to kill him. To prevent this- requires being at the top of your game. So whatever form of subterfuge they must employ to find out "how" they will be attacked, or use to hide "how" they will kill, must be concealed.
What's great about these two is their chameleon natures, and the versions you'll see on September 14th in Las Vegas will be new editions. Canelo is a study of evolution, while Mayweather is a master of improvised execution.
But what if these traits were put to the test in the form of different combatants similar in design and style?
I'm putting these fights in a modern and restored coliseum in Rome, for all of the world to see. Their personalities, auras and techniques are larger than life, and two must die (well- not really, relax).
Canelo vs. Broner
When last we left off in our fantasy fight series, Broner was giving Canelo the business after seeing him drop a close war in a decision loss to Golovkin. Colorful and brash, Broner was seen throwing cinnamon cereal at Canelo, yapping, "I'll eat you for breakfast! You aint nothing! You too slow!” Broner barked.
Having seen Canelo dish out a punishing 5th round demolition job on Josesito Lopez last year, the immensely skilled Broner doesn't understand what all the fuss is about, and wants to expose Mexico's budding legend. He feels he is the best fighter in the world (yes- he does), and has just demonstrated his claim with a Mayweather vs. Gatti-like butchery of Marcos Maidana (I think he'll beat the hell out of Maidana). Adrien went to Sparta after Malignaggi, and came into the ring that night at a solid 160lbs. This is what would await Canelo.
Adrien Broner is somewhat of a facsimile to Floyd Mayweather. He posseses an array of talents; along with a mouth (and an ego) that makes Floyd look like he's studying for the clergy. Much more flat-footed and less mobile, Broner sits behind a wall of defense while ready to strike with the precision of a cobra, or turn into a wolverine in spurts.
Canelo has very underrated speed, and he would be twice as nasty toward Broner and downright cruel once the bell rang. There is no preparation for unusual power or mental toughness when you don't have the acumen to deal with it.
Unbelievably gifted and talented? Yes.
But "The Problem" with Adrien is he is nowhere near as talented as Floyd (who would play games with him), and is finding this out against Canelo. He's out boxing Alvarez initially over the first 5 rounds, but he's paying an extreme price. His skillset is keeping him from getting hit flush- plus he's chipping Canelo up, but there's too much of his body, arms, shoulders, and hands there to be hit. After 6 rounds, he would start to take a frightening beating. And in the 8th, he would be read his last rites.
Cut up, bruised, busted, both eyes closing and lips silenced, Saul Canelo Alvarez knocks out Adrien Broner before his head bounces off the canvas.
Mayweather vs. Golovkin
It is difficult to imagine a fight more compelling or more dramatic than this one would be. At 36, chronologically Floyd is a lot closer to 26, given his work ethic and fastidious precision in preparation.
Deciding to tempt fate and put himself among the pantheon of the best ever, Mayweather accepts the challenge of "GGG" at 154lbs, for nothing more than glory and immortality. He does not need "Money", and "Pretty Boy" Floyd won't work, he'll have to be something he's never been before in order to corral and beat a bigger and stronger re-incarnation of Julio Cesar Chavez.
He's heard all of the jokes and he's heard all of the whispers. He's even imagined a few. No one will be able to say anything negative about Floyd pending the results of September 14th, whether he wins or loses. Such is my regard for Alvarez, and the misnomer that Floyd is not tough.
This is absolutely false.
Floyd Mayweather is an all-time great, and in my opinion, one of the greatest fighters who's ever lived. He is the most technically proficient fighter in the history of the sport, a defensive masterpiece, and I don't think any boxer who's ever lived would ever out-box him.
He can only be out-fought.
In facing Golovkin, he would be dealing with a style, a demeanor, and the type of sustained assault and freakish power that could indeed beat him. "GGG" almost demands a fight, while Floyd is adamant about this being a boxing match. There would be very little clinching, for the mighty Russian knows how to keep pressure mounting, while Floyd disarms him with rhythmic footwork and well-timed laser-like strikes.
This fight would be the closest thing we've ever seen to the unforgettable classic Chavez/Taylor I, in almost every way. Like his predecessor, "GGG" has extremely damaging punches, and it only takes one or two such shots per round to start changing features. Floyd usually finds something that works consistently, and does it over and over again.
But he won't this time.
If this were a 10 round fight, he gets a UD win, but unfortunately he has to endure six more minutes of this menace...
In the final minute of the 12th round, Golovkin dials up a right hand from Hell to seal Floyd's fate. The referee does not need to count. In perhaps the greatest fight in the history of the sport, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin ends Mayweather’s unbeaten streak like a summer movie blockbuster.