He rolled the dice with his surprise strategy of pushing Golovkin back, pressing the action and boxing on the front foot for the vast majority of the contest. A draw like many boxing writers had it. Scores of 115-113 either way or a draw were easy conclusions to reach, meaning any talk of controversy is unwarranted.
Taking cue from the first encounter that took place at the same venue nearly exactly a year ago, and the turn of events concerning Alvarez away from the ring earlier in 2018, Triple G came into the fight as the favourite to retain his middleweight titles.
The Mexican shaded Golovkin on two of the three judges' scorecards to claim the world middleweight title and, we all know it, set up a trilogy fight.
Unfortunately tonight's rematch didn't deliver a decisive victor, but it did give fight fans one of the greatest boxing matches in the history of the sport.
There was plenty of enthusiasm heading into last September's fight between Canelo and GGG, which included some memorable moments and flurry of punches. Golden Boy, who promotes Canelo Alvarez also chose to celebrate both men, even though they had a vested interest in seeing their man come out the victor.
Those sessions were very close and simply based on what you like, with the CompuBox stats making interesting reading. "Every great fighter has a great rival". He's a great fighter but in the end I got the victory. Moretti and Weisfeld each gave the 12th to Alvarez and that gave him the fight. Great fight with two great champions!' "Hopefully there'll be a third fight". The pair was originally scheduled to rematch on May 5 until a pair of alleged positive tests for clenbuterol lead to Golden Boy Promotions withdrawing Canelo from the fight.
"I have a very small cut, but I wasn't hurt", said Golovkin. Canelo's trainer, Eddy Reynoso, opted to change their strategy, using his fighter's youth and boxing skills to turn the fight in their favor.
'I pushed him back, it was me who was aggressive.