Trilogies that left their mark on boxing

After two famous fights, Sául “Canelo” Álvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin have scores to settle. On Saturday, the boxers will step into the ring i

After two famous fights, Sául “Canelo” Álvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin have scores to settle. On Saturday, the boxers will step into the ring inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada to determine once and for all who is the best.

The first fight took place in September 2017. After 12 rounds, the fighters had to settle for a draw with scores of 115-113 in favor of Golovkin, 118-110 for Álvarez and 114-114. The following year, it was Álvarez who received the favor of the judges with scores of 115-113, 115-113 and 114-114.

Four years later they will be face to face for the third time.

That leads us to remember just a few of the many epic rented trilogies that kept us on the edge of our seats.

Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier

Two names that will remain intertwined in the history of sports.

In 1971, Frazier was responsible for Ali’s first career loss with a unanimous decision that rocked Madison Square Garden in New York. Almost three years later, Ali got his revenge on the same stage.

The script was set for a third fight that promoter Don King took to the Philippines, where the famous “Thrilla in Manila” took place in 1975. Frazier opted out after 14 rounds. She was recognized as the Fight of the Year.

Arturo Gatti vs. Mickey Ward

No list of the most outstanding trilogies would be complete if the epic battles between these two are excluded.

Gatti and Ward had similar styles: lots of offense and little defense. The first bout to occur in 2022 was close and Ward took the split decision thanks to him dropping Gatti in the ninth round. Later in the rematch, Gatti got even with a unanimous decision by a wide margin.

The third was in 2003 with Gatti again emerging victorious. Ward opted out of retirement, while Gatti continued to fight until 2007. Both gladiators displayed grit, heart, bravery and a genuine desire to put on spectacles for spectators.

Marco Antonio Barrera vs. Erik Morales

Two great warriors who represented Mexico with dignity.

Morales and Barrera wasted no time thinking about defensive strategies. From the opening bell, to the very last second of the three fights, they traded blows from start to finish.

In 2000, Morales won the first fight by split decision. Two years later, it was Barrera who received the favor of the judges unanimously. The third was also a war and Barrera won, but this time by majority decision because one of the Thursdays saw it draw.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Erik Morales

When they met in 2005, Morales was already established as a household name, while Pacquiao was on his way to becoming the international attraction that he remained until the end of his career. The Mexican scored the victory by unanimous decision for his boxing.

The two rematches took place over a 10-month period in 2006. In the second matchup, Pacquiao needed 10 rounds to beat Morales and in the third just three. The Mexican had never been knocked out during his career until he ran into the Filipino.

Evander Holyfield vs. Riddick Bowe

They were both the best the entire division had to offer at the time. Holyfield had defeated Buster Douglas to proclaim himself king of the category and a duel against Bowe was the logical step.

Bowe outpointed Holyfield by 30 pounds and won by unanimous decision. Holyfield received praise for his performance, but it was not what he was looking for. The chips began to move for the sequel to happen.

In the second, Holyfield handed Bowe his first loss, but the event is remembered for the parachutist who landed between the ropes mid-fight. However, Holyfield outscored Bowe by majority decision.

The trilogy was full of dramatic moments. Holyfield dropped Bowe in the fifth round. Three innings later, it was Bowe who delivered the punishment to knock down and knock out Holyfield to avenge the loss.