But Hopkins will have a special reason to root extra hard when he takes his seat at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to watch the much-anticipated rematch between unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez in the year's biggest fight on Saturday night (HBO PPV, 8 p.m.
As one of Alvarez's Golden Boy promoters and because Alvarez is the man who can preserve Hopkins' all-time record of 20 consecutive middleweight world title defenses, Hopkins has a vested interest in Alvarez winning.
Now, Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs), 36, who has held a world title since 2010, making him boxing's longest-reigning active titleholder, and Hopkins are tied, and breaking the record would be huge for Golovkin, trainer Abel Sanchez and promoter Tom Loeffler.
Gennady Golovkin's trainer, Abel Sanchez, left, says breaking Bernard Hopkins' record will be a big accomplishment for his fighter.
ET) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas: • Middleweights: Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) vs. Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs), 12 rounds, for Golovkin's unified world title • Junior middleweights: Jaime Munguia (30-0, 25 KOs) vs. Brandon Cook (20-1, 13 KOs), 12 rounds, for Munguia's world title • Middleweights: David Lemieux (39-4, 33 KOs) vs. Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan (28-2, 20 KOs), 12 rounds • Junior bantamweights: Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez (46-2, 38 KOs) vs. Moises Fuentes (25-5-1, 14 KOs), 10 rounds