The pair first fought on September 16 last year with the IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight titles on the line but the fight was controversially scored a draw despite the majority of fans and pundits feeling Golovkin had done enough to earn the victory.
A rematch was hastily agreed and set for May 5 but Alvarez was handed a suspension after twice testing positive for banned fat-stripper clenbuterol, which he claimed he had ingested accidentally through contaminated meat.
Golovkin still fought, knocking Vanes Martirosyan out inside two rounds, and despite publicly calling Alvarez a cheat, still appears willing to fight the Mexican, whose promoter De La Hoya is “75 per cent confident” of getting a deal done.
“Canelo has announced that he will be tested by VADA [Voluntary Anti-Doping Association] but what a lot of people don’t know is that he’s been actually tested several times with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC),” De La Hoya said.
“They tested him just two days ago. I think they’re testing them today as well, but he wanted to enrol in the year-round testing for his fans.
“He wants to keep proving that he’s innocent to keep proving that it was an innocent mistake, what took place.
“And it’s funny because I’ve traveled to Mexico quite a few times now and they ask people, what do you think about this news with Canelo? And they’re like, what news?
“With all this animosity now, guess what? The fight is going to be even bigger.”
Alvarez announced yesterday that he would take part in VADA testing in an effort to prove himself as a clean athlete, having been given a six-month ban for his clenbuterol tests despite NSAC reducing his suspension on the grounds that he had cooperated fully with their investigation.
“I think [Canelo’s stature] has been affected here a bit in the US. But guess what, I’ve always said you’re as good as your last fight,” De La Hoya added.
“Canelo is fine though. He wants to fight.
“I’m 75 per cent sure, confident that, that we can get this done because [the trash talk from GGG camp] had been quite disparaging towards him. But of course everybody uses their own negotiating tactics.
“But I can say that I think I’m about 75 per cent confident right now and happy with the process that has happened the last couple of days in terms of the broader stuff.
“There’s no cut off date but there will be one shortly because we need to get to work.”