Jake Paul has joked that Canelo Alvarez may have to face him in his next fight if he loses twice in a row by tasting defeat against Gennady Golovkin this weekend.
The Alvarez vs Golovkin trilogy has been one of the most exciting in the sport's history, with the final instalment set to take place on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Alvarez won their last meeting in 2018 by way of a controversial majority decision after a draw in 2017 which many felt Golovkin had done enough to win.
However, the Mexican has been made a huge favourite for their third meeting as they move up to super-middleweight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. But if Golovkin is to land the upset, Paul believes that it will be disastrous for Alvarez's career, and feels that it could push a fight between he and the legendary multiple-weight world champion.
"I think it's a great fight and I'm excited," Paul told FightHype at a press conference in Los Angeles this week to launch his own event against Anderson Silva. "I think that Canelo will win just because of the chip on his shoulder coming off of the loss. Canelo's not going to lose two in a row... But if he does? F***, I don't know. Maybe he'll go straight into the Jake Paul fight after that. But I think that Golovkin just hasn't been competing at the same level of opposition and because of that I'm thinking Canelo will win."
Alvarez has previously refused to rubbish the potential of one day fighting Paul, but has laughed it off as any sort of imminent prospect. The YouTuber transitioned into boxing with a white-collar outing in the summer of 2018 after being called out that February, at which point he began seriously training after having previously boxed for fitness.
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Alvarez was already a multiple-weight world champion at that point who had knocked out the likes of Liam Smith, Amir Khan, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Miguel Cotto in an iconic career. But Paul has progressed quickly, turning professional in 2020 to face YouTuber AnEsonGib and ending up 5-0 within two years.
The YouTube star has already knocked out UFC champion Tyron Woodley and Bellator champion Ben Askren, as well as basketball star Nate Robinson, and takes a major step up in his next outing against the legendary MMA fighter Anderson Silva. The Brazilian had a record-breaking run as middleweight champion and has now reinvented himself as a boxer with a 3-1 record.
Paul has indicated that his ultimate goal in the sport is to get down to light-heavyweight, where he would ideally challenge Alvarez for a world title. Of course, that could prove tricky after the Mexican was comfortably beaten in his last challenge up at 175lb by Dmitry Bivol, but it is certainly a fight that would draw massive money for the social media sensation.